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Do Conkers Drive Spiders Bonkers?

A twitter buddy of mine mentioned recently that she was having spider problems in her house.  All right. No biggie!  Then she mentioned that the “conkers” she was using to fend off her little friends weren’t working like everyone had told her.

Conkers?  One, what’s a conker?  And two, how do they battle spiders?  I was going to get to the bottom of this, stat!

I asked my new twitter friend, Joanna, who is actually based in England, the scoop on these conkers that she mentioned.  She shot me back a couple of links.  Come to find out conkers are the nuts that come from horse-chestnut trees.  These trees are mostly native to specific parts of Europe (which explains why I had never heard of them).  It has long been believed that if you leave conkers around your doors and window sills, they act as a natural deterrent to spiders.  While there has been no scientific evidence that conkers are effective form of defense, some believe that the conkers need to be a fresh batch in order to give off the appropriate odor to do their job.

Here in America there’s an old saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  While speaking to The Telegraph, Stuart Hine of the Natural History Museum in England gives us his own ryhme…

“Conkers does ryhme with bonkers!”

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January 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • January 14, 2011 at 1:07 amJoanna

    They may or may not work for keeping spiders at bay – but in the meantime conkers are great fun for competitions known simply as “conkers”! Simply attach them to the end of some string and it your opponent’s conker. Winner is the one who’s conker remains to see another match!

  • January 15, 2011 at 6:39 pmInsect Report

    OK, I have researched alot of natural remedies for keeping ants at bay, but I have never heard of this for spiders before. I found a funny but unproductive thread on the subject at: – they seem to be from Britian – the use of the word “Mum” is a dead give away.

  • January 19, 2011 at 6:46 pmBed Bugs Extermination

    They say history frequently repeats itself, today it’s bed bug issues what’s next Our elected representatives spending time on a Healthcare bill when they could be working full time on creating jobs?

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