View Full Version : Did you know this? I didn't. (Wasp Spray for Self Defense)

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Dennis Hooker
10-20-2009, 07:44 AM
If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School .
For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says "spray the culprit in the eyes".

It's a tip he's given to students for decades.
It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray. "That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."

Maybe even save a life.
Wasp Spray
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection.
She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.
She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.
I thought this was interesting and might be of use.

Kevin Leavitt
10-20-2009, 08:02 AM

Some good information on snopes on this...in fact they cover your vignette above.


worth a read as there may also be some legal issues/impacts that folks may want to consider before deciding to use this as a method.

Me....never thought about it, but maybe it is not such a bad idea in the right situation.

10-20-2009, 08:13 AM
Good Old Home Style WMD! :)

William Hazen

Kevin Leavitt
10-20-2009, 08:26 AM
lol...yea William! absolutely!

Rob Watson
10-20-2009, 10:24 AM
Good Old Home Style WMD! :)

William Hazen

I thought a good spit of chewin' tobaky juice was the Good Old Home Style weapon of choice! Range is not so good.

We always used a 50-50% mix of ammonia and water in a spray bottle to spritz cats, raccoons and opossums to keep them away from the chickens ... once hit they never come back. It don't hurt 'em but the taste and smell (they clean themselves with their tongues, ya' know) is a lesson not soon forgot. I would not want to get a shot of that in the face either (I'm not so good with my tongue).