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    Default Horse Apples repel cockroaches

    I heard they repel cockroaches, now I have never even tried it, so I don't know
    if it is true. But I have also heard these things are poisonous as well, so I
    wouldn't let children or pets maybe eat them.
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    Here in GA we call these things "mock oranges" and the trees are
    often found around old home sites. According to an article I read,
    they DO repel cockroaches, with the bugs actually turning around and
    running away from the fruit and it's smell. Some people are allergic
    to the sap, which is milky in color, and the scent bothers some
    people as well. I used to work for a veterinarian and we would
    occasionally get a call to remove one of these things from a cow or
    horse's throat where it was lodged (if the owner noticed a problem
    soon enough)...or when we did a necropsy to see what the animal died
    of. They are hard as a rock, and my cousins (boys) used to have
    fights with them all the time when we were kids...heaven help you if
    you got hit!

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    We used to call these Hedge Apples. And, we used to play baseball with them
    as a kid. They would last for a few at bats.

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    I grew up on a farm that had osage orange trees that had originally been
    planted years before as a property boundary line between two farms. They were
    very common in our area. Lots of farms had them. They were pretty effective
    too,
    as they had plenty of nasty thorns. My Dad also had a small hedge as a
    boundary for our yard. There was a huge walnut tree next to it, and I found out
    the
    hard way how bad the thorns of the hedge were. I loved climbing trees and
    fell out one day landed on my backside on a torn that was sticking straight up
    in
    the air. Boy was that painful. Most of the old hedge rows have now been torn
    down since so many family farms are now kind of non existent any more.

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