How to Use Wasp Spray for Self-defense


Wasp spray protects against more than just flying insects. It can buy you a few extra seconds during a home invasion. The chemicals in wasp spray are known to cause reactions similar to those from pepper spray, according to the Snopes website. Wasp spray's advantage lies in its range. The spray from a can of wasp spray will reach 15 to 20 feet. This distance keeps you from having to get close to an intruder, and it may give you the time you need to call for help or get out of the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Wasp spray
  • Find good locations in your house to position one or more cans of wasp spray. These should be easily accessible in an emergency but out of reach of young children. Places to consider would be the dresser in your bedroom, next to the coffee table in the living room and on a kitchen counter.

  • If you hear an intruder, grab the nearest can of wasp spray. Point the nozzle toward the door or window where the intruder is attempting to gain entry.

  • Press the trigger on the nozzle as soon as the intruder steps into your home. If the spray makes contact with and stuns the intruder, take that opportunity to get out of the house and call 911.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check state laws. In some states it is illegal to use any chemical other than pepper spray for self-defense.

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