Wasp Spray or Pepper Spray - Can I Use Wasp Spray for Self-Defense? What's the Right Choice?

We get this question a few times every year - "Can I use wasp spray for self- defense on a human?" The short answer - don't do it. Sure you can spray wasp spray at a person, but you won't get the same results as you would by using a spray designed for self protection - like the Mace Brand Pepper Spray we all know and trust. 


Wasp spray is powerful, no doubt. But wasp spray works on a wasp, not a would-be assailant. Let's take a quick look at the typical ingredients of wasp spray and compare them to our Pepper Spray ingredients. 


Permethrin, Tetramethrin, Piperonyl Butoxide, Geraniol. 


OC Pepper: Oleoresin capsicum is a naturally occurring substance derived from hot peppers. OC Pepper causes an intense burning sensation to the skin, eyes and throat upon contact. Mace® Brand defense sprays are available in different strengths to satisfy virtually every requirement.


No police department would recommend wasp spray for self-defense or personal safety. Wasp spray is designed to penetrate the nervous system of the insect and kill it. Since insect repellants are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, it is a violation of federal law to use the product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. 

More importantly, wasp spray is a poison and is never intended as personal safety device. There have been no meaningful studies conducted to suggest that it would stop an attacker. 

Pepper spray has been field tested and has a proven track record as an effective, temporarily debilitating agent. Direct contact affect the eyes, respiratory system, skin and even muscle coordination.  

Stay safe everyone, and keep the wasp spray for wasps - carry a Mace Brand Pepper Spray instead. Personal safety is empowering. 


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