Best Advice of the Week: Bug Spray? or “Mug” Spray

We have had two break-ins in our neighborhood recently. One was while the residents were asleep and the other was during the day when no one was home.  But even if thieves don’t plan to come face-to-face with the homeowners, there is always the possibility that it could happen.  So I guess it’s no surprise that protection from home intruders is a subject that is definitely on my mind right now.  (Of course, if Hubby was home, he is very proficient with a gun, so I’m sure he would capture intruders, no questions asked.  But I an not good with a gun, so I don’t consider that a good defense strategy for me!)

A few days ago a friend told me about a suggestion she had heard for self defense in your home that sounds pretty good:  Keep a can of wasp spray in your bedside table. Specifically wasp spray because  it has a long tube that the stuff squirts through so that it can be accurately shot at wasps from a safe distance. Perfect. Even if an intruder was across the room from you, you could pretty accurately direct the stream of chemical at his face.  It won’t permanently injure him, but it should definitely discourage him and either make him run away or give you time to get away.

Hopefully this is advice that none of us will ever have to put into action but, as they say, better safe than sorry.

9 Responses to Best Advice of the Week: Bug Spray? or “Mug” Spray

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    thanks for the tip! It’s a great idea.

  2. Sandra says:

    You know what the Boy Scouts say, Chrissy — be prepared. 🙂

  3. C. Beth says:

    Sounds like it’s more affordable than mace, and even though you’ll probably never use it for human intruders, it doesn’t have to go to waste if you have wasp intruders! Great idea!

  4. Linda says:

    I’ve also heard this tip in relation to deterring a bear attack. They say it’s just as effective as bear spray. And, yes, there is such a thing as bear spray.

  5. Sandra says:

    Beth — You’re right — if it has an expiration date, when it’s near the expiration, you can just look for the nearest wasp nest! 🙂

    Linda — I believe you — and I hope you always have some bear spray with you when you guys go on your hikes in the Smoky’s!

  6. Mike says:

    WOW all you WASP spray advocates are very misinformed. It is a ridiculous MYTH that is going to get someone seriously hurt. STICK WITH THE PEPPER SPRAY.
    Police departments worldwide use pepper spray because the inflammatory effects of this agent work on those which cannot feel pain (very important). The inflammatory effects of pepper spray cause eyes to close involuntarily and produce a loss of breath sensation. Pepper spray has been proven effective on deterring and incapacitating aggressive, combative, intoxicated and drug induced individuals for over 20 years.
    To date, no human testing has been conducted on WASP spray and it’s a violation of federal law to use in self defense. Pepper spray is a safe, proven option which is trusted and relied upon by police officers worldwide.

    See Link Below For More Info:

    http://fortwayne.bbb.org/snopes-25-urban-legends/

  7. Mike says:

    Oh and to use WASP spray on a bear. RIDICULOUS.

  8. Nick says:

    Remind me never to sneak up behind you and surprise, you without first putting on safety goggles 🙂

  9. Sandra says:

    Hmmm, Mike. I think this post has really touched a sore point with you! I’m not sure what this might have to do with the BBB. 😦 But thank you for taking the time to comment.

    Nick — How right you are. The surpriser could end up getting an uncomfortable surprise for themselves! 🙂

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