How to Get Fly Paper Glue Off Wall


How to Get Fly Paper Glue Off Wall

Fly paper glue is a sticky substance used to trap flies. The name “flypaper” comes from resembling a sheet of paper or poster board and getting covered with flies stuck to it. This substance is white, yellowish-brown, or tan, often similar to a large sheet of paper or poster board. Little insects are trapped in this gooey mess and cannot getaway. In this article, I will discuss how to get fly paper glue off wall. So let us get started.

How to Get Fly Paper Glue Off Wall:

Step 1 :

If you touch the glue, it may be difficult to get off your fingers. So put on some gloves before touching the glue. You can also use a cloth or tissue paper to cover your hand when necessary.

Step 2 :

Use cooking oil and some water in separate containers to moisten the fly paper glue so that it will come off easily and without leaving marks on the wall surface (the oil will act as an adhesive remover).

Then dab each spot with cotton balls soaked in cooking oil until completely clean. This process usually takes quite a while, so you should be patient. Otherwise, if you pull them too quickly, they may tear, leaving little holes behind, which is not good for painting over later on.

Step 3 :

How to Get Fly Paper Glue Off Wall

Put shampoo drops into a spray bottle of water and shake it until the shampoo is completely mixed with the water. Then use this mixture to wet a cloth or cotton swab, which you will rub on the glue. There should be plenty of suds left in the cloth or swab when you are done.

Step 4 :

Mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol together in a glass container (you can also try mixing 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid into 1 cup warm water instead). Then, use a clean, dry cloth, toothbrush,

or sponge to apply it onto the fly paper glue spots exactly as if it were nail polish remover (the vinegar is an acid that works like nail polish remover). It may take some time for them to come off, but eventually, they will.

Step 5 :

Mix one cup of water with 1/4 cup of ammonia in a spray bottle and shake it well (don’t use too much ammonia, or the smell will be too strong – that’s why I suggest mixing it with water). Use this mixture to wet a cloth or cotton swab, which you will then rub on the glue spots gently.

Step 6 :

You can also try using rubbing alcohol if you prefer, but keep in mind that sometimes the ingredients in different brands of rubbing alcohol may not be compatible with each other, so that they work as an adhesive remover (for example, 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol works great for removing adhesives from glass surfaces yet it doesn’t even take off dried super glue from a plastic surface).

Step 7 :

Use WD-40 to dissolve fly paper glue (but make sure it is water-soluble glue removed with WD-40). Just spray some onto the fly paper glue and let it sit for a few minutes first because this stuff evaporates very quickly, so you have to work fast. Then wipe off the remaining fly paper glue with a dry cloth or tissue paper.

You can also use WD-40 on your bathroom mirror when you accidentally stick your hair to it because of all the hair spray residue. And yet another warning – don’t pour too much down your drain or else you will end up with a big problem in your house!

Step 8 :

If none of those methods work, try using an adhesive remover specifically for removing adhesives. It usually comes in a spray can with a sponge tip or a flexible plastic container (similar to the container that contact solution normally comes in). Some people have also had success by combining some of these methods. For example, you may apply cooking oil first and then use dishwashing liquid as an adhesive remover later.

Precautions While Removing Fly Paper Glue Off Wall:

Wear Thick Gloves While Removing The Glue

Be sure to wear thick gloves while removing the glue from the wall. Since flypaper is very sticky and has a strong adhesive, it can cause skin irritation if you touch it without protection. Insecticide sprays should be avoided because they may react with dried fly paper glue on the walls and might lead to the formation of toxic gas, which may lead to health problems.

Do not forget to turn off any running electrical appliances before starting the removal process. If there are any open fires or sources of fire around, avoid using them for drying as this might cause unwanted damage or accident. While purchasing a cleaning product, ensure that it is safe to use on painted surfaces but won’t harm plastic glazing; some cleaners have acidic content, damaging plastics.


I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to get fly paper glue off wall. Ensure all the necessary precautions while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!

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