started fluid and a match work better :)
This is a discussion on Wasp Spray is NOT “Self-Defense” Spray within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This popped up in a now closed thread and prompted me to do a little quick research on the subject. This seemed to sum the ...
This popped up in a now closed thread and prompted me to do a little quick research on the subject. This seemed to sum the subject up succinctly:
Wasp Spray vs. Pepper Spray for Self-Defense - Urban Legends
Analysis: U.S. residents tempted to avail themselves of this Internet-recommended self-defense option would do well consider that wasp spray is a pesticide, and federal law prohibits the use of any pesticide "in a manner inconsistent with its labeling."
In addition, some states prohibit the use for self-protection of substances not specifically authorized for that purpose.
The main ingredient of pepper spray is capsaicin, an oil extracted from chili peppers which temporarily causes severe irritation of the eyes and lungs, producing a strong burning sensation and difficulty breathing.
Wasp sprays consist of one or more insecticides such as pyrethrum or propoxur. While the toxic side effects of such chemicals do, in fact, include eye and lung irritation in humans, they are poisons the main purpose of which is killing pests.
Notwithstanding variations among specific products (of which there are many), it's probably true that wasp and hornet sprays in general, because they're manufactured for use at greater distances, project further and more accurately than pepper sprays, which typically have a range of six to 10 feet. How reliably wasp and hornet sprays work as a deterrent against human assailants is bound to vary, however, given differences in formulation and the fact that they were not made for that purpose in the first place.
To my knowledge, no one has ever tested or documented the effectiveness of insecticide sprays for self-defense.
One reader who accidentally received a dose of wasp spray while using it around his home told me he was surprised at how little irritation he felt. "A gust of wind caused a good splash of the spray to come right back into my right eye," he wrote. "I panicked and started to run to a source of water, only to find there was no adverse reaction at all, no more than being squirted with a water pistol. It took me at least ten seconds to get to the water, and I rinsed it off, and never felt anything from it."
started fluid and a match work better :)
especially for getting that irritated burning feeling
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I would think that wasp spray isn't very concealable either.
You say I can't.
ABC news says I can.
YouTube - Self Defense Tip
Who do I believe. The news would never lie to me. NEVER!
Maybe I should just carry a gun. HeeHee
Realistically though, bug spray may not be the best option and should not be your only option. Having a firearm may not be an option for some, while some places restrict the sale of OC spray. Having a can or two stashed around the house is not a bad idea. (Incase of a wasp invasion.)
It may not be the man stopper that a .45 is, but it might give you or your loved ones a few extra seconds get away or get to a better weapon.
My point is, don't limit yourself.
Remember: When it comes to pulling the trigger, it is ALWAYS the perspective of others which determine if you are a hero, or a criminal.
God, Guns, and Country, are all things I believe in.
They are also the things that liberals are trying to take away.
FWIW, I recently had my OC go off in my pocket. That incident taught me something. The OC I bought for my house needs to be locked up. It might be preferable to just shoot an intruder rather than set that spray off in my house!
I prefer to live dangerously free than safely caged!
"Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun. And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son." Josh Thompson "Way Out Here"
IIRC when I was in the Military we used to mess around with spray starch....and a lighter,the lemon scented stuff smelled like somebody burnt a lemon tree,
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
I have sprayed myself in the face with wasp spray. It had no short term effects that would lead me to believe that it would be a deterrant in a self defense situation.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around laws. Plato
Wasp spray for self defense is a bad idea. It is a myth! Stick with the Pepper Spray. Wasp spray is unproven and has never been tested on humans. Wasp Spray will NOT work on those who cannot feel pain i.e. drugs or alcohol. Pepper Spray is an inflammatory which will cause the eyes to slam shut no matter the situation. That’s why over 40,000 law enforcement agencies carry it nationwide and even the smallest canisters will fire 10 ft while the larger canisters will fire 25 to 30 ft.
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Some time later, I took some wasp spray out back to spray a nest that was being built at the corner of the house. It was a stream type, instead of a cloud spray, so I could use it high enough to reach the nest. A little gust of wind came along and turned the stream right back into my right eye. I immediately panicked, because of both the experience with the pepper spray and I had read the email suggesting the use of the wasp spray. But before I got to the back door to find some water, I realized there was no burning sensation at all, even though this was as though I had been squirted with a water pistol. I slowed down and took my time getting to the water to rinse it off, but never felt any pain. I used ten seconds as my guesstimate in the quote above, but it may have been longer. Even if it was as little as ten seconds, count to ten and realize what an enraged attacker could do to you in that time.
My concern is that someone, some time, will carry the wasp spray, and encounter a human or animal threat only to be killed because they bought into this hoax. I will pursue this up again, perhaps even to the point of making a video, simulating an attack on a human being, and allow myself to be sprayed with wasp spray to show this is a hoax--I would have plenty of time to do the damage. In my research, I could never find any report of this actually being used or tested for effectiveness.
While my handgun is in the shop being worked I am packing my cordless nail gun!!!!!!!
"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
--Thomas B. Reed, American Attorney
Second Amendment -- Established December 15, 1791 and slowly eroded ever since What happened to "..... shall not be infringed."
Note to self, never throw hot coffee, dust, sand or any other non authorized substance into the eyes of someone who is robbing me.In addition, some states prohibit the use for self-protection of substances not specifically authorized for that purpose.
I sometimes wonder what our legislators are thinking when they pass laws.