How to Remove Fly Trap Glue from Wall

Flying insects like flies, horseflies, hornets, stable flies and other biting insects can be pretty bothersome in a domestic household. The Flytrap glue paper is an efficient solution to that. The article is coated with a type of too sticky substance with a sweet fragrance. The report is stuck to the wall, and it captures the flying insects by entrapping them when they land upon it.

But when we peel off the paper, we will see a layer of adhesive stuck to the wall ruining its beauty. That kind of mark is callous to get rid of without damaging the paint.

How to Remove Fly Trap Glue from Wall

How to Remove Fly Trap Glue From Wall

However, there are some effective procedures to properly remove fly trap glue without leaving any adhesive mark on the wall.

A step by step outline of the entire process is mentioned below.

Step 1: Covering the room and the furniture:

Move all the furniture away from the wall so that the cleaning solution does not contact them. Cover the room and the table with expendable cloth sheets or paper to protect them from any possible cleaning products’ splattering.

Step 2: Use a hairdryer:

Set the hairdryer to a low heat setting. Then turn on the hairdryer and blow it on the sticky residue part left on the wall. The hairdryer’s heat will soften the glue, which will make it easier to remove the sticky adhesives off the wall.

Step 3: Scraping the glue:

Scrape the glue off the wall surface as much as you can with a plastic scraper. Then we keep applying baby oil to soften the adhesive and keep scraping it off until all of it comes off.

However, steps 2 and 3 may not remove the sticky residue from the wall entirely in some cases. In that situation, some customized cleaning solutions can be used to remove the sticky residue altogether.

Cleaning solutions

We’ll prepare some cleaning solutions for removing fly trap glue from wall. Let’s see how our expert recommended us to do so.

Hot water and dishwashing liquid.

The combination of hot water and dishwashing liquid can prepare a solution that can remove the adhesive mark off the wall. We add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to some water and mix them well. Then we can pour the solution into a spray bottle and gently spray them into the sticky section of the wall where the flytrap glue was attached earlier.

A sponge might be used to delicately wipe away the area with the solution. As the residue softens, the sticky adhesive residue can be seen to be gradually wiped out. Alternately, if we use a spray bottle, we should carefully peel off the softened glue with a blunt knife or some other flat object. That should take care of it. To get a more attractive result, you can add a tablespoon of baking soda to the solution.

Vinegar solution

Using a vinegar solution is a productively fragrant process in removing fly trap goo from the wall. To prepare this solution, add a few ounces of cider or white vinegar to a bucket of warm water and stir well. If we use a spray bottle, a 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar should be mixed. On the other hand, if the sponge is used, the quantity of vinegar should be 1/6th of the warm water.

Irrespective of whether a spray bottle or sponge is used in applying the mixture to the wall, it should be left alone for a few minutes before removing the adhesive from the flytrap glue off the wall.

Fabric Softener

We can use fabric softener to obtain a more pleasant-smelling solution. For preparing this, mix liquid fabric softener with water. The quantity of fabric softener will be half the amount of water. We can use either a sponge or a spray bottle to apply this method. But it must be made sure that the solution is applied to small sections at a time so that it does not stain the rest of the wall, leaving streaks.

Clothes steamer

A clothing steamer can be used as a handy little gadget. It can also serve a dual purpose. We will place the steamer near the flypaper glue residue and wait for the glue to become softened from the steam. After it has been muted, we will see it gradually getting wiped away.


Some precautions have to be kept in mind while using any of these methods.

Wash the cleaning solution

After using the solution to clean the flypaper glue residue, no matter what method among these is used, we need to make sure that we have a bucket of fresh, hot water to rinse out the cleaning solution adhesive glue mark it removes. We use a sponge to wipe away the solution and residue. Keep frequently rinsing the area so that no smear marks are left behind. We might have to repeat this process several times to thoroughly clean the area.

Remove any residue

To wipe away any residue, cleaning solution, or rinse water, we use a clean, dry cloth. If some stubborn spots are left even then, we can use a wallpaper scraper or plastic drywall knife and remove any residue left on the wall.

If necessary, sandpaper has to be used to eradicate any rough patches. If the residue is not removed in due time, it might permanently settle down on the wall diminishing any chances of its complete removal off the wall.

Drying time

We should make sure that enough time is left for the wall to dry. It is necessary before applying any new possible paint or other adhesive wall decoration. If the wall is not dried properly, the new paintings won’t stick properly to the wall. So, the wall must be left to dry for a considerable period of time for proper adhesion of any new décor a long time for many years to come.


We should always be careful during applying and removal of fly trap glues off the wall to reduce the chances of any kind of sticky residue being left on the wall from the fly trap paper. Nevertheless, if an adhesive stain does end up stuck to the wall, we should follow proper procedures to clean the wall in due time. Some of the cleaning solutions are harmful for the furniture and the walls, so caution must be maintained.

Any kind of adhesive mark, if left unattended, will go a permanent stain on the wall, which would ruin the beauty of the wall. So, whenever an adhesive color is left on the wall by a fly trap glue, immediate actions should be taken to remove the sticky residue with any of the methods mentioned above with necessary precautions.

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