[nafex] Osage Orange Fruit

Big Swede JFrisk at pionet.net
Mon Nov 12 19:54:50 EST 2001


I put some Osage Orange apples in the basement last fall. I left them in a
plastic grocery bag and forgot about them.  A couple of months later my wife
found them and the bags contained lots of fruit flies.  It took a couple of
months to get rid of the lousy fruit flies.  Never do I bring them in again.
Judson L. Frisk
----- Original Message -----
From: Suzi Teghtmeyer <srt175f at smsu.edu>
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Sent: Monday, November 12, 2001 5:42 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Osage Orange Fruit


> Chris,
> This following is verbatim from an article I found:
>
> The Versatile Osage-Orange.
> Author(s):  Ball, Jeff
> Source: American Forests, Autumn 2000, Vol. 106 (3), p60, 3p
>
> ......The tree's fruits contain a chemical (2,3,4,5-tetrahydroxystilbene)
> that has been proven to repel many of those pesky insects that get into
> homes: cockroaches, crickets, spiders, fleas, box elder bugs, and ants.
The
> chemical does not kill the insects but for some reason effectively repels
> them from the area where the fruit is located. Whole ripened fruit left
> sitting on the floor in places where insects are a problem will usually
> repel pests for up to two months.
>
> For more immediate control, cut the fruit in half or crush it on the
> driveway with your car, then place it in a dish set in the pest problem
> area. This method is good for repelling insects for a few weeks.
>
> The milky juice in the tree's stems and fruit may irritate some people's
> skin, especially after long periods of exposure. If you are working with
> the fruit to get seeds, for example, it is best to wear rubber gloves.
> <snip>
>
> I hope this helps!!
> ----Suzi Teghtmeyer
> Head Librarian, Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science
> Southwest Missouri State University Mtn. Grove Campus and Missouri Fruit
> Experiment Station
> 9740 Red Spring Rd, Mountain Grove, MO 65711
> Phone: 417-926-4105, Fax: 417-926-6646,  email: srt175f at smsu.edu
> URL: http://library.smsu.edu/paulevans/pelIndex.htm
> Member: CBHL, USAIN, ALA, ACRL, IAALD
>
> At 10:11 PM 11/12/2001 +0000, Christopher Mauchline wrote:
> >Question: I have heard these can be used as an insect repellant.  Is
> >this true? And if so, how are they used?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Chris Mauchline
> >SE PA, zone 6
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