It’s true that spiders serve their purpose in nature — and that’s exactly where they should stay, out there in nature. Still, they often make their way into our homes, which really sucks for those who have a strong fear of them. It’s also not a good thing because some spiders are poisonous. That being said, here are ten ways to keep spiders out of your home.
10. Hedge Apples
According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, you can use hedge apples to repel spiders. Now, some of you all are probably wondering, “What the heck is a hedge apple?” Well, we’ll tell you. Hedge apples are the yellow-green fruit produced by the osage-orange (maclura pomifera) tree. So, how exactly can this fruit keep spiders at bay? The natural chemicals in them are believed to deter spiders. That being said, make sure you place them in areas where your kids or pets can’t get to them. According to Iowa State University, “the milky juice present in the stems and fruit of the Osage-orange may cause irritation to the skin. While the fruit has been suspected of being poisonous to livestock, studies conducted in several states have been negative. However, the fruit may cause death in ruminants by lodging in the esophagus and preventing eructation or release of ruminal gases.”