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#1 mushhut

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:39 PM

I always have problems with gnats in summer and fall. I haven't found anything that eliminates them. Last night I was at the local grocery store and seen this weird fruit is called a hedge ball the paper that came with the fruit says it deters spiders, cockroaches, boxelder bugs, crickets, fleas and other insects. I thought what the hell and bought 2 of them. They were less then $1 each. I put one of the near my grow area and 2 hrs later no gnats in any of my tubs. I looked again this morning and still no gnats. I think my gnat problem is solved. For the ppl that have this same problem with gnats or other bugs I suggest you get a hedge ball or 2. Hope this helps a few out there.
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#2 Hippie3

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:45 PM

you mean these ?
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tons of those around here,
AKA hedge apple AKA horseapple.
hedge wood was used to build fences years ago
as well as windbreaks during the dustbowl days ,
so you can still see rows of them near old fence lines.
good wood.
always wished i knew of some use for them
[besides hitting with ballbat]
know i do,
thx to you.
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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:49 PM

Cool! I live near a biological research wetland so the gnat population here is abnormally high. I am gonna go purchase a few of these just to keep the damn things out of the house.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:55 PM

That is exactly what I bought hip. They will last 6months to 1yr and they are cheap. Sounds like they grow where your at hip. I've never seen them before. I read that they look really cool when throwen in a fire.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:58 PM

The wood is quite useful. If you can find straight pieces, bowyers like them.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 02:00 PM

That is exactly what I bought hip. They will last 6months to 1yr and they are cheap. Sounds like they grow where your at hip. I've never seen them before. I read that they look really cool when throwen in a fire.

yeah, grow here all over,
if i could get even .10 each
i'd be rich.

#7 mushhut

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 02:10 PM

Hey hip, since you can get tons of them hedge balls you should start selling them in the topia store. Just an idea. If they sell you could split the profits with me 50/50. Lol.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 02:35 PM

HEDGEAPPLE AU VIN PICNIC VERSION Serves Four

Ingredients:

8 Large hedgeapples
8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 frying chicken, cut up, skinned if desired
1 1/2 frozen pearl onions
1 (4 1/2 ounce) jar whole mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1/2 teaspoon parsley, as a garninsh if desired


1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Cook bacon in a large skillet or Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; reserve drippings. Brown the chicken in hot bacon drippings, turning to brown all sides; drain. Place chicken in a 2 1/2 to 3-quart casserole dish;sprinkle with bacon.
3. Combine onions, mushrooms, 2 tablespoons parsley, thyme and garlic in same skillet as before. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in wine. Cook until mixture boils and thickens stirring constantly. Pour over chicken and bacon in casserole.
4. Cover, bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken is fork tender and juices run clear. Or if using a meat thermometer chicken is done when it holds at 180 degrees for ten seconds. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serving Suggestion:

Use the hedgeapples to hold down the picnic blanket and the paper plates in the event the wind is blowing
Discard the hedgeapples and wash the plates before using.


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Posted 29 August 2009 - 02:55 PM

yeah, grow here all over,
if i could get even .10 each
i'd be rich.



thats what im sayin hip maybe we should start a business they are a fucking nuisance TBH

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:09 PM

yeah, grow here all over,
if i could get even .10 each
i'd be rich.


You might on to something Hip. If they work as well as mushhut says they do, I would buy some and of course pay the shipping. I could tell the GF they are Decorative Accent Balls and she would put them all over the house. Ten for $10??

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:24 PM

Would this work for kitchen herbs and ganja too? Gnats are such a PITA for indoor grows.
:lol: I read that whole recipe and was wondering where they were...

#12 mushhut

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 04:24 PM

Might work for a lot of insects. I just looked again no gnats. I don't put the hedge balls in the tub but outside of the tubs. Furtherst tub is 6 feet away and no gnats. I've tried so many things and nothing has worked. Its like magic for my magic. I have also put one near my reycyleing can in my kitchen, the fruit fly/gnats are gone from there too.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

Might work for a lot of insects. I just looked again no gnats. I don't put the hedge balls in the tub but outside of the tubs. Furtherst tub is 6 feet away and no gnats. I've tried so many things and nothing has worked. Its like magic for my magic. I have also put one near my reycyleing can in my kitchen, the fruit fly/gnats are gone from there too.


do you cut them in half, or just leave em whole around the area/room?

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:03 AM

You should sell them in your store, Hip. If they work that is.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:15 AM

:heart:Great find mushhut, that's just what me and Irishlion, need with these pesky gnats and fleas. Thanks for sharing.

Btw Hippie3 that was great info. thank you.:bow:

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:33 AM

I did some research on these and they are supposedly the bomb for getting rid of spiders and roaches as well.

I didn't do any active testing, because the best price on 'em I could find on-line was $19 for four of them.

Hedgeapple.com = 4 Hedgeapples $10.00 + $9.00 Shipping

I didn't want to blow $20 on what might turn out to be an old wives tale.

You should consider selling those suckers, Hip. I'd buy a handful to test 'em out for sure.

#17 Hippie3

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:16 AM

i can get all you could possibly want-
seriously.
it's the shipping that'll suck,
as bucky showed.
they're pretty heavy.
i have fruit flies aplenty as well-
but the hedge apples are not quite 'ripe' [full-sixed].
i'll gather up some, as soon as they mature, for testing-
should be ready soon.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:18 PM

If they'll repel mosquitoes as well, you may have a runaway hit on your hands, Hip.

http://www.livescien...-repellent.html

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:35 PM

Anyone know if it would be bad to have a few of these around with my pet tarantula in the living room?

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:11 PM

Interesting post / find... gnats sure are a bitch.

thanks,

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