The Other I

July 15, 2010

Civilized defense

Filed under: Just Stuff,Survival Strategies — theotheri @ 4:15 pm

The following is an email I received from a friend whose life history suggests the possession of a significant number of survival skills:

Wasp Spray is said to be as effective as pepper spray, and some self-defense teachers prefer it over guns and baseball bats.

Said to be easier to aim and the spray carries some 20 ft.  Aim for the eyes!  Another advantage: a can of wasp killer on a desk or night table does not attract as much attention as a gun would…  Or so the police say.

This sounds good but I must admit I have not tried it on an intruder.  It is very hard to get a volunteer to try it on.  If somebody tries it in a real situation  (or even on a volunteer)  and it works, please let me know!

Frankly, I think it would be useful to know especially if it doesn’t work.  And what happened next.  Leave a comment below with any useful information.


  1. Even if you wish to disregard that it’s illegal to use (The canister labels states “It is a violation of Federal Law to use in any manner inconsistent with this label. NEVER USE INDOORS!”), what justifications are there for using wasp spray? There is zero proof it will be effective.

    No human testing has been conducted on wasp spray, and the canister deploys a stream. Try hitting a threat at 20 feet away with a slow foamy stream from a wasp spray….it won’t happen. Most wasp sprays will not spray 20 feet, regardless of their label claim.

    If you are going to use a non-lethal form of defense, pepper spray is a better option. Unlike wasp spray, pepper spray has been designed to specifically stop humans, dogs and even bears and its legal to use in self defense. Pepper spray is what the police use.

    The biggest advantage pepper spray provides is it doesn’t require pain to incapacitate because of its inflammatory effects. Superior to wasp spray, pepper spray slams the eyes shut and causes a loss of breath sensation which makes it effective even if the attacker is drunk, on drugs or is emotionally disturbed and cannot feel pain. When facing a threat and you’ve chosen a non-lethal option, do you want something that can stop a wasp or a bear? Go with pepper spray. It’s legal and PROVEN!


    Comment by sabre1975 — July 19, 2010 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

    • Just the kind of informative comment I was hoping for. Thank you. Unfortunately, although it is legal in the U.S., pepper spray is not legal here in Britain. Though I doubt the law enforcement authorities would look kindly on the alternative use of wasp spray either.

      The Other I


      Comment by theotheri — July 19, 2010 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  2. Pepper Spray is legal in some States, not in this one !!
    I would prefer to use it, of course, rather than wasp killer.


    Comment by budavar — July 19, 2010 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

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