Scorpions And Lavender
The time has changed here, the mornings are dark, and normally it’s hard to wake up. But opening my eyes to a scorpion perched on the ceiling over my pillow gets me out of bed in a jiffy. I’m not as troubled by the nasty little beasties as I used to be, since we’ve discovered half a dozen or so in the house and have managed to dispatch them all without incident, but I’ve got to say that scorpions just don’t belong on the ceiling over the bed. It’s creepy, imagining them up there while we’re sleeping, doing whatever scorpions do when they’re not stinging people. I know they were here first, but they’ve got to go.
Ever since I wrote this about finding scorpions in the house here in the south of France, scorpions have been the star attraction of French Letters. As of today, over 1000 people have read the scorpion post, and most of them are looking for hints about how to keep scorpions out of the house using lavender. I’d never before heard of this treatment, never previously having been anywhere near a scorpion. But readers have insisted that lavender repels scorpions, and scorpions repel me, so it’s time I tested out this theory.
Off I went to the market to see the lavender distillers. With this still setup
they perfume the whole market with lavender, and produce all sorts of little bottles of lavender essences and aromas and oils and sprays. I asked the vendors whether they’d ever heard of using lavender as a scorpion repellent. “But of course” they answered, and suggested that I dab some of the abrial essence, the strongest type, on the walls of the bedroom. So that’s what I’ll be doing before going to bed tonight, dabbing and hoping. For good measure I’ll put the open bottle on the night stand by my pillow.
But here’s the thing. How will I know if it’s working? If I see another scorpion in the bedroom, ok, it’s clearly just urban legend. But if I see no scorpions, what will that mean? Maybe it’s the lavender, but maybe they’ve just moved outdoors into the spring weather. Or maybe they’re still there, right over the bed, but only in the dark when I’m not seeing them.
So I’ll try to report on how well it works, just as soon as I can figure out how to be at least quasi-scientific about it. And please, if you have any personal experience with chasing away scorpions, either with or without lavender, do tell!