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Penny-pinchers reach for insect spray as self-defense alternative

Ranch and Home' Store Manager Bobby Nelson says he can understand why people turn to the spray Ranch and Home' Store Manager Bobby Nelson says he can understand why people turn to the spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(The cans run about $5 and can spray chemicals up to 30 feet making
them a cheap alternative to other self-defense tools)

KENNEWICK, Wash. - When most people think of wasp or hornet spray, defending their homes against those pesky nests comes to mind, but at 'Ranch and Home' in Kennewick, managers say it's flying off the shelves for a different reason: self defense.

The cans, which run about $5, are capable of spraying their contents between 20 and 30 feet and store managers say those aspects appeal to people wanting a cheap and easy household weapon.

"In the past couple of years it's been pretty tough to keep in no matter how much you get," said 'Ranch and Home' Store Manager Bobby Nelson. "We just started to recognize that that's what people were using it for is self defense."

After talking with customers over the years, Nelson says he can understand why people turn to the spray.

"It's got the right chemicals in it and - I mean - obviously pepper spray can be expensive and some people think it's dangerous, so it's a good alternative I think," said Nelson.

Police say that while cans of wasp and hornet spray are not the optimal self-defense tools, they could certainly work.

"I would anticipate if someone got sprayed with wasp spray it would probably distract them," said Richland Police Officer Erica Tungesvik. "If it's all I had and I was in my garage and someone was coming after me, then so be it.

Tungesvik says she doesn't recommend that you stock up on hornet spray and expect it to be the perfect weapon.

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