Pepper Spray Vs Wasp Spray As Protection Against Assailants
There is a claim that a can of Wasp Spray is a preferable different to Pepper Spray for protection against assailants. Judging from all the information on the internet, this seems to be a very controversial subject. So here are a few pros and cons to consider.
Wasp and Hornet Spray Pros
- Legality issues: Carrying and using wasp spray is not illegal anywhere. This method that is can be transported from state-to-state. It can be used in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
- Convenience: If you can find a can small enough you can carry it in your purse or pocket while shopping.
- Distance: Distance that the wasp spray can cover is another plus when considering it for protection. According to the directions on the can, it can be shot up to 20 or 30 feet. This method that the intruder doesn’t have to be any closer to you than that for the wasp spray to be effective.
- Accuracy: Accuracy tends to go hand-in-hand with distance. Most people have had the experience of using wasp spray and know how easy and accurate it is.
- Expense: Expense is not always a factor, but shared sense will tell you that wasp spray is less than other types of defense products.
- Effectiveness: Effectiveness is really the most important factor when considering a method of protection. According to some reports, wasp spray is to be sprayed directly into the intruder’s eye, which will temporarily blind the intruder.
Wasp Spray for Self Defense Cons
- Testing: To my knowledge, no one has ever tested or proven the effectiveness of insecticide sprays for self-defense.
- Safety and Effectiveness:The active ingredient in most wasp sprays are pyrethrins, These are compounds derived from a species of the chrysanthemum plan which penetrate the nervous systems of insects and kill them. Since wasp sprays are not formulated to be used directly on human beings, they should not be relied upon as a form of non-lethal self defense, as their safety and effectiveness for this purpose has not been sufficiently tested, consequently the toxic effects of pyrethrin could potentially be much more unhealthy or less effective than expected.
- Legality: Many jurisdictions specifically prohibit the use of any self-defense sprays other than pepper spray. (In addition, most spray insecticide containers include warnings that “it is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling”.)
The Michigan penal code, for example, allows only the reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 2% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or character under circumstances which would justify the person’s use of physical force.
The Use of Pyrethrins
The active ingredient in most wasp sprays are Pyrethrins. This compound is derived from a species of the chrysanthemum plant which penetrates the nervous systems of insects and kills them.
Since wasp sprays are not formulated to be used directly on human beings, they should not be relied upon as a form of non-lethal self defense, as their safety and effectiveness for this purpose has not been sufficiently tested, and the toxic effects of pyrethrin could potentially be much more unhealthy or less effective than expected.
The reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 2% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or character under circumstances which would justify the person’s use of physical force.
The Case for Pepper Spray
Canisters of Pepper Spray (also known as “OC pepper spray”) or “oleoresin Capsicum” are a shared non-lethal self defense product which dispense a solution containing capsaicin, a chemical typically derived from cayenne peppers. Capsaicin is an inflammatory agent and causes a burning sensation of the mucous membranes. When sprayed into the confront and eyes of an assailant, it can effectively disable the attacker by temporarily inducing tears, pain, blindness and choking.
A very small amount will cause the eyelids to closest close. When sprayed in the nose and mouth area, it will incapacitate your assailant by causing the contraction of the esophagus, trachea, and respiratory tract forcing uncontrolled choking and restricted breathing.
Some of our Pepper Spray will produce a concentrated stream of about 8 feet up to about 25 feet in distance. Other sprayers produce a cone spray pattern and other models produce a fog that covers a large area.
What’s the Conclusion?
So we’ve learned Wasp Spray can get you in trouble with the law and Pepper Spray can get you in trouble with your eyes.
As with most individual choices, deciding the method of protection for you and your family may not be the same one that your neighbor would choose. Each person has to take into consideration their own situation and circumstances and choose the best. Unfortunately none of the methods mentioned are fail proof, but they are the best that we have at this time. The bottom line, get the facts and then decide which risk you want to take.
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