Personal Protection - Pepper Spray Vs. Wasp Spray

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

For those of you afraid of protecting yourselves with firearms, or find them contrary to your thinking, there are other forms of self protection out there.

The most common is Pepper Spray.  The active ingredient in Pepper Spray is (oleoresin capsicum "OC").  This is literally derived from garden peppers.  The OC ingredient in the peppers is ground up and converted into a chemical form of ethanol and used in the spray.

Pepper spray affects the eyes, mucous membranes and causes severe breathing reactions, coughing, and runny nose.  The painful swelling can last for 45 minutes.  The lingering effects can last for hours.

However, be careful what you purchase!  The ingredients in some may say "5%" or "10%" pepper spray claims on a canister. Unfortunately, these percentages DO NOT correlate with efficacy because they only measure the percentage of OC relative to the other ingredients in the canister.

Labels can be misleading!  What the OC concentration does not measure is the concentration of the active ingredients (Capsaicin) in the OC formulation. OC concentration therefore, only represents the amount of OC (oily resin) in a canister and not its strength.

If you purchase Pepper Spray read the label!  The heat or strength of OC is measured by the quantity of an active ingredient called Capsaicin. Read to see the Capsaicin amount, because the higher the Capsaicin amount, the hotter the spray.  Therefore, an OC spray with 5.5% Capsaicin concentration can be 5 times hotter than one with the phrase "10% concentration."

SO DON'T BE FOOLED BY PERCENTAGES!  Many over-the-counter sprays may not be very effective.

Another product that has been recommended by self defense experts for many years is Wasp Spray!  The active components in wasp spray are pyrethrins, which is nasty stuff.  Pyrethrins penetrate the nervous system of wasps and kills them.

Pyrethrins are painful to the eyes and most wasp spray cans force out a spray accurate up to 20'!

They can be purchased anywhere and are legal everywhere!  Some companies prohibit the use of Pepper Sprays, so this is a good alternative.

You want to spray for the face of an attacker.  After you do, say something like, "That spray contains pyrethrins and if you don't get to the hospital inside of 1/2 hour you will be blind!"

The attacker won't be blind, of course, but the thought is enough to send him there.  And away from you!

But, you say, "There is a statement on the label of the can of wasp spray called 'The Misuse Statement' which says, 'It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.'  Can I get into trouble using this?"

J. Patrick Buckley is an attorney focusing on the use of firearms, self defense and the use of force for self protection.  He says, "Would someone get in trouble if they used wasp spray to avoid an attack? If a woman is gardening, and happens to have a can of wasp spray nearby when some bad guy tries to rape her, I'm certain that we could convince the police and the prosecutor that using wasp spray was an appropriate use of force to avoid the attack."  Mr. Buckley is also a National Rifle Association certified firearms and pepper spray instructor.

 

 

Then again, you can always meet me at the NRA range, the best range in town, and I will personally show you how to shoot a gnat off of an eyelid at 50 feet.

As a voting, Lifetime and Endowment Member of the NRA, I will be proud and happy to help you get to know your firearm.

Remember, for best gun control, use both hands.

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Damon - Kimbers are good!  They actually fit my hand pretty well.  My Ruger's grip is custom, and rubber.

December 10, 2010 03:41 PM
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Chris Smith
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Jay, I watched a show on television last night documenting all the things you can do with Duct Tape... I was amazed... I am sure if they thought about it long enough, they could figure out how to use duct tape to ward off an assailant ;-)

December 10, 2010 04:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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I have seen a couple of those shows done in comedic fashion, Chris, and they are funny!  I bet duct tape could be used to force a bad guy to submit!

December 10, 2010 04:53 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Jay,


I usually carry some wasp spray in my truck, for those situations where they go after me when I'm on the job.

December 10, 2010 06:42 PM
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Mike Patterson

Actually what police officers carry and what civilians can get doesn't really differ in concentration. What does differ is the size of the canisters. Most states limit the amount a civilian can carry on there person at 2 ozs. SABRE Red one of the most popular law enforcement sprays contains the same formula in there civilian canisters just in smaller quantities. 

December 10, 2010 06:44 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Hit 'em hard Steve!  In Washington do they call them PDO's?  I wondered since you have your WDO's.

(People Destroying Organisms)

Mike - I did an inspection for a local county police detective who got my wife the spray in the photo.  It has a different concentration of Capsaicin than I could get her at the local gun shop.  You are right about the canisters though!  He has one that is pretty big and it shoots way further than what my wife carries! 

This gun says Mace, but that is not the content of the canister.  It has about a 12' range, and shoots two bursts.  She likes it because it fits her hand!

December 10, 2010 06:54 PM
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

Very thorough, impressive post. Great information covered from several different perspectives. :)

Steev

December 10, 2010 07:13 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Thank you Steve.  I think the sprays are fine, but sometimes you need to be a big boy (or girl) and go with a bit more force.

December 10, 2010 07:41 PM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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urgh....guess these sprays don't come in purse size huh ? Attacks can happen anywhere of course...let's hope too many folks don't find these necessary to use...merry merry.

December 11, 2010 06:31 AM
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Jay Markanich
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Actually, Sally, most of them come in purse sizes.  The one in the the pink sprayer case pictured above is exactly that.  The only disadvantage is that it does not spray very far, maybe 10 feet or so.

December 11, 2010 06:35 AM
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Reuben Saltzman
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Thanks for the education on the capsaicin.  I never even knew what it was.

December 11, 2010 08:25 PM
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Jay Markanich
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You probably eat it all the time Reubs!  Just don't rub it in your eyes!

December 11, 2010 09:05 PM
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

Congratulations. This post is now featured in "The Law Of The Land." :)

Steve

December 11, 2010 10:41 PM
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Steve Hoffacker
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Jay,

Congratulations. This post is now also featured in "Celebrating Free Enterprise." :)

Steve

December 11, 2010 10:44 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Thank you Steve!  It's a bit off the beaten path, but actually fits both of those groups!

December 12, 2010 07:22 AM
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Randy Ostrander
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I carry wasp spray for....wasps but wouldn't hesitate to use it on any predator. As always, good call Jay and Happy Holidays.

December 12, 2010 11:23 AM
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Steven L. Smith
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Mr Jay,

In light of your incredulousness, regarding my recent injury, I have provided a full explanation for you if you will click on the vital link below.

Nutsy

December 12, 2010 12:09 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Randy - not my call really.  I am just the messenger!  But I think it is a good call!

Nutsy - well, now that you put it that way, not only do I understand but can clearly see why.  And your doctor is right, you should wear it Saturday nights as well.  I hope it heals.

December 12, 2010 04:04 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Jay,

Unlike Charlie you are a reasonable guy. I agreed with Nutsy that you would get the point. No need to draw you a picture.

December 12, 2010 04:35 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Well, in addition to Spanish and Quichua, I happen to be fluent in squirrel and guinea pig.  Hopper and I get along very well.  Nutsy and Hopper would probably get along too.

 

That's him, showing off his new shower cap.

December 12, 2010 04:43 PM
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