If you look around my house and garage you may notice some bright green "balls" resting on tin foil here and there. They are bumpy and odd looking - not exactly the type of accessory I typically look for when I'm decorating my home.
So, what are these green balls? Hedge Balls!
I have a co-worker that is as afraid of spiders as I am of mice, which is pretty darned afraid. I feel sorry for her, because although there are a lot of mice around in the fall, there are even more spiders and they stick around all year long, so I can understand her desire to do anything she can to get rid of them.
About a month ago she mentioned that she was waiting for Hedge Balls to arrive at our local grocery store so that she could buy a bunch to place around her home. I had never heard of Hedge Balls, so she explained to me that they are often sold in grocery stores but they are not fit to eat. She claims - with 100% confidence - that they keep spiders at bay, and that they also work for other bugs and even rodents.
A quick internet search helped me to learn a little more about Hedge Balls, so I now know that they are the fruit of Osage Orange Tree. They are definitely known as a bug and rodent repellent, although I found as many sites that say it's not true as sites that say it is true. Go figure.
The balls are sold here for .99 each and I'm told they last for several months. I was instructed to place each ball on a piece of tin foil because they may leak some fluid before they dry up and become small dark balls (I'm told they will eventually look like chestnuts).
I'm all for anything that even has a SMALL chance of repelling rodents (I'm not nearly as worried about spiders) and I'm sort of enjoying feeling like I'm participating in a science experiment.
So, I have Hedge Balls. Do you?