Is Wasp Spray a Good Defense Tool?

What would you do if you were in your kitchen and suddenly there was an intruder in front of you? Or what about in your garage or another area inside or outside the house where you did not have access to your gun? If you had both pepper spray and wasp spray within reach, which would you choose?

The common item that many people have carried in their purse or pocket in recent years has been pepper spray, but now more and more people are thinking that wasp spray might be the better deterrent when it comes to dealing with an intruder. On the other hand, others will tell you that wasp spray is inferior to pepper spray in this type of situation.

Both will do considerable damage if they hit the target area: the face. Pepper spray shoots out a solution that includes capsaicin, a chemical that is usually taken from cayenne peppers. It will cause a burning sensation of the mucous membranes, resulting in tears, pain, temporarily blindness and choking. Wasp spray includes pyrethrins, which are compounds from the chrysanthemum plant. They are designed to enter an insect’s nervous system and kill them.

The single biggest advantage wasp spray has over pepper spray is that it can shoot farther – 20 to 30 feet – and yet remain accurate. Generally you have to be closer to an assailant to use pepper spray and that closeness could result in your attacker grabbing you. The downside to using wasp spray on a human is that it is more likely to result in permanent damage to that person.

Now, if someone has broken into my home and aims to harm a family member or me, then I’m not overly concerned about possibly inflicting permanent damage to him. But I would certainly never recommend using it on a human unless you were sure that you were under attack. How about you? Have you ever had to use pepper spray or wasp spray on an attacker? If so, what was the result? Our readers would love to hear your comments on this subject.


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