If you live in or near the desert, you’ve probably encountered this pest with sharp claws, a poison-filled stinger, and a habit of hiding in unworn shoes. In fact, just the other day, I was stung for the first time by a scorpion, even though I’ve lived in the desert my entire life! Turned out the neighbors forgot to inform us that they were being bug bombed for a scorpion infestation and one of the animal refugees made their way under my bed. Where, after taking a nap (the scorpion was very polite and let me sleep for an hour or two) the scorpion crawled up to my arm, stung me, and scurried away. I called poison control right away and I was absolutely fine, luckily these desert scorpions in the southwest are pretty harmless, that is to say, not fatal. But if you ever are stung, be sure to capture the scorpion safely and attempt to identify it, especially if you are in the mountains. As some species of scorpion are more dangerous than others.
Needless to say, I started to look into different natural ways of keeping these particular creepy crawlers out of my life. I figured out the two things scorpions hate most of all, lavender and cedarwood oil! Makes sense that something that is so gross would hate two things that smell so sweet! Cedarwood oil is the most important part, they HATE it, as it will kill them on the spot. Make sure to use potent essential oils, according to the expert, Danielle from lovelovething.com, the ones off of amazon “just aren’t worth it”.
- 2 cups water
- 20 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops wild orange essential oil
- 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
Spray this or just 25 drops of cedar essential oil in a cup of water on window holes, cracks and around doors. Do yourself a favor and caulk cracks in your home, for looks and scorpion protection. In the meantime, sprinkle diatomaceous earth in these cracks and holes to keep any pest from staying too long.
Also, you can plant lavender sprigs around the foundation of your home as a sort of “you shall not pass” barrier to any homeless scorpions. Not only will these plants protect you, they also smell and look great! A fun gardening project that doubles as home defense? Sounds like it has got Green King Written all over it!
Lastly, keep your home clean and clutter free, give the pests less places to hide! This is so much easier said than done, but very much worth it. Avoid becoming like me and sleep safe, sound, and scorpion free tonight!