Every once in a while I hear the rumor that wasp spray is great for self defense as a pepper spray alternative. The theory is the long stream allows it to reach far and in a precise manner. I’m going to say it up front, this is false and this rumor needs to stop.

Wasp spray does not have anywhere the same amount of “stopping power” as pepper spray.

This is a very conclusive test showing the differences between a tool designed for self defense, and a tool designed to deal with insects. If you don’t believe me, you can actually test this yourself without having to even spray yourself with pepper spray or wasp spray. Simply spray the wasp spray near your face and see how you feel. Then spray pepper spray near your face and see how you feel. You will instantly know the difference between wasp spray and pepper spray. Quality pepper spray is so strong you don’t even have to be near it to feel the effects of it.

When it comes to trusting your life in a self defense tool, only trust tried and true methods, not hearsay rumors on the internet.