Sunday, May 2, 2010

How a can of hairspray can save a life!


I was diagnosed with a severe bee/wasp/hornet allergy when I was in my 20's and since then have had to carry an Epipen with me at all times.  One of my biggest fears is finding a stinging insect in the house which happens more often than I care to think about.  Twice in the last week we have discovered one of these deadly little creatures flying around the kitchen and den!

Did you know aerosol hairspray will disable a bee/wasp/hornet?  A few sprays and then insect will drop to the ground where it can be easily dealt with.  Knowing this is very important in my house.  I always keep cans of aerosol hairspray in the house in case the Suburban Prince is out and I have to be brave and deal with stinging insects on my own.

If you know anyone with stinging insect allergies please pass this info along!


Have a fabulous day!

19 comments:

Erin said...

I'm not allergic, I just hate them, so thank you very much for this tip! I could totally see keeping a travel size in my purse if I were you.

Travelbug Mom said...

Great tip and I'm sure it makes your house smell "pretty"!

Tammy B said...

Great tip. I'm allergic also.

Dina's Days said...

This is a little unrelated, but I just killed a spider with Febreeze. Head on over to the blog and check out the contest!

Confessions Of A Domestic Goddess said...

I'm not allergic (that I know of)....I've never even been stung!! I'm scared to death of bees though. Thanks for this tip!

xoxo!

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Wow! Had no idea, great tip. Son is allergic to nuts, so hairspray will not help in that regard, but do relate to carrying the Epi and being worried about severe allergy. Thanks for sharing the tip with your readers!

High Heeled Life said...

Great Post!and will be passing this along. Hairspray smells much better than bug repllent too!! Have a great day1

Beth Dunn said...

I know nothing but....I'd be happy to donate to your supply lol
You stay safe
xoxo
SC

Candy said...

I did read this somewhere! Hairspray is also great for stopping stocking runs in their tracks.

EntertainingMom said...

In college there was a Spider as Big as My Head in my dorm room. (Ok, it was as big as my pinkie fingernail but that's not what matters here...)My roommate was designated spider killer. And she was not there the day the Spider as Big as My Head happened upon me. I knew I needed to get it into the vacuum but I needed it not to scamper away. Someone told me to use hairspray. (Finnesse?) I grabbed the can and sprayed and sprayed and sprayed and sprayed. And the Spider as Big as My Head was frozen in his furry tracks. I was able to get the vacuum and suck it up. But not without a blood curdling scream! :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

It is amazing what hair spray can do. I learned the trick of killing spiders with it out of desperation years ago. At the time of the discovery, my boys were still too young to be my spider slayers. I grabbed the nearest can and just sprayed the heck out of a spider which was big enough to put a saddle on (hey, they grow them big in Texas!) and to my surprise that baby was stuck and ready for the vacuum! My oldest is allergic to bees and wasps so I will tell him about the trick. Don't know why I did not think of it for them since it works so well for spiders!

Thanks!
~ Tracy

April said...

same with me...no allergies. Just a big fear of them . Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Princess! I was stung last summer and had to be rushed to the hospital for a shot. I have been diagnosed with severe anaphylaxis to bees/wasps/hornets. This could be a saviour to me. Have you thought about getting allergy shots for your allergy? They are strongly suggesting this to me due to the severity.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I did not know that! I'm not allergic but my cousins husband is.I will let her know this today! Thanks!

Jules said...

What a great tip. I will pass this on for sure to all my insect allergic friends. Thanks!

knitwit said...

Thanks for the tip! I could probably use some hairspray in the house to deal with my ongoing bad hair anyway!

Brie said...

great tip! Thanks :) I never knew that!

the Preppy Princess said...

Amazingly, this is one I actually figured out on my own *years* ago, it does work. Unfortunately I have used it on a few (ahem) other flying creatures; sadly, one wall here at the Prepatorium looks like it needs a new coat of paint. Oh well.

Smiles at you Miss Princess,
tp

THELOOKING_GLASS said...

It's great mugger deterent too!
Mace is ilegal to carry in MA.
City gals carry trial size hairspray to fend off bandits...
Just a thought.