Folklore has it that you can place hedge apples around your foundations of your house and in closets and places and that it keeps away spiders, and other insects. My sister swears by them. Scientific magazines say there is no scientific evidence they act as a repellant. Oh well, folklore wins in my book. I picked a couple up and will stick them around the house and see if I see any spiders. It's that time of year that they start showing up in the house. I hate them nasty looking things. Especially those giant wolf spiders that look like they could eat a horse!