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South County Woman's New Method of Self-Defense: Wasp Spray

Several St. Louis residents have began using the home product as a tool against potential attackers, according to a KSDK report.

If you thought it was more effective than mace or pepper spray, would you take to carrying around a can of bug spray to defend yourself? Several St. Louis-area residents have begun doing just that, and their preferred poison is wasp spray, KSDK reports.

South County woman Carol Dickinson started carrying spray in her car over a month ago, according to the report. 

St. Louis County Police told KSDK that use of these sprays is in violation of a federal law.

Watch the full report on KSDK.

The Resist Attack Foundation is a non-profit devoted to women's self-protection--but they're going to stick to giving out free cans of pepper spray.

"If you've gotten an email telling you to buy wasp spray for self defense, think twice," James Shaw advises for the Resist Attack Foundation. "This rumor should not be relied upon for your safety. Although wasp spray might work in a pinch, there are far better options when it comes to protecting yourself."

mpatterson@sabrered.com February 20, 2013 at 03:24 AM
SABRE is also local (sabrered.com). They are based in Fenton. The majority of Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the U.S. and World for that matter use SABRE including NYPD, US Customs & Border, St. Louis PD & County PD etc...
John Dough February 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Does it only work on WASPS or will it work on other ethnic and religious groups?
PersonalSafetyExpert February 20, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Wasp spray is made to kill wasp, not stop human attackers! Using it in this manner could get you seriously injured or worse! Watch this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgC5TQWIF2k
James Shaw February 22, 2013 at 07:25 PM
If you're considering wasp spray for self defense, think twice. This rumor should not be relied upon for your safety. http://www.resistattack.org/Articles/Pepper-Spray/Can-You-Use-Wasp-Spray-Against-An-Attacker
David Nance March 11, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The rumors that wasp spray is a safe alternative form of self defense are untrue. Wasp spray is untested, less effective, and illegal to use on humans. False claims argue that wasp spray can be used at a greater distance than pepper spray, but both are capable of shooting up to 25 feet away. Wasp spray should never be used a substitute for pepper spray. This video explains why you should never use wasp spray as a way to defend yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgC5TQWIF2k

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