I don’t normally write on self-defense, but I have seen a number of internet posts in circulation that suggest using wasp spray for self-defense. This is something I would be very careful of doing for several reasons.
Wasp spray is an insecticide, and U.S. Federal Laws prohibit the use of any pesticide or insecticide “in a manner that is inconsistent with its labeling”. You could face federal criminal charges. Many states prohibit the use of substances for self-protection that are not specifically authorized for that purpose. Now I know the first reaction of many people will be so what, if I am attacked I will use anything I need too, to defend myself. But there are other problems with using it.
First of all, there has been no testing of it. You don’t know that it will work or if it does, how fast the affects will set in. Some people who have been accidentally sprayed with it have said that there is very little effect.
Wasp sprays consist of one or more insecticides such as pyrethrum or propoxur. Although the toxic side effects of such chemicals can, include eye and lung irritation in humans, they are poisons for killing insects. They may cause serious harm or injury to humans but it may not be an immediate effect. Some of the emails have suggested setting a can by the front door. If it ever came out in court, you pre-planned the use of wasp spray; you would probably end up in jail and lose everything you owned in the ensuing lawsuit.
One of the big reasons that the posts suggest wasp spray is the range, it can reach out to twenty feet. The extra range is nice but if you buy the right size cans of pepper spray they will reach just as far. Take a look at the following post “Pepper Spray- How to Choose it and How to Use it for information on the type you should buy.
Don’t bet your life and freedom on an internet rumor by using wasp spray.