How to Remove Fly Paper Glue

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer

  • Baby oil

  • Clean cloths

  • Plastic scraper

  • All-purpose cleaning spray


Substitute mineral oil or cooking oil for the baby oil to soften the adhesive.

Nail polish remover also helps soften adhesive.


Be careful where you place fly paper as the strong adhesive can cause wallpaper or paint to peel off.

Acetone and other chemicals found in nail polish can wear off the finish or discolor some surfaces. Test in an inconspicuous place first.

When flies land on fly paper they become stuck in the adhesive.

Fly paper combats irritating flies by attracting them and capturing them on its sticky surface, where the flies eventually die. Fly paper can be applied by suspending it from a ceiling or sticking it to the wall. When you peel off old fly paper from your wall you may find a layer of adhesive. Removing fly paper glue is important because, left unattended, it will attract dirt and become an eyesore on your wall. Use products you have around the house to completely remove the adhesive.


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Step 1

A hair dryer softens glue adhesive.

Turn the hair dryer onto the low heat setting and direct the heat at the adhesive for a few minutes. The heat from the dryer helps soften the glue, making it easier to remove.

Step 2

Pour baby oil onto a clean cloth. Rub the softened fly paper glue with the baby oil making sure to coat it thoroughly. Allow the baby oil to remain on the adhesive for a few minutes.


Step 3

Scrape the glue from the surface with a plastic scraper. Once you've removed as much adhesive as possible, apply more baby oil and allow it to soften. Alternately add baby oil and then scrape off the adhesive until you've removed all the glue.

Step 4

It's important to wash the wall after removing the glue so oil isn't left on the surface.

Wash the site of the stuck-on fly paper glue with all-purpose cleaner and a clean cloth. Remove all baby oil residue as well as any remaining glue.



Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.