Today, we will discuss how to remove fly paper glue from skin, fur, clothes, hair, or wherever else it might stick. So, keep on reading!
With its sticky surface and sugary fragrance, fly trap glue can capture an army of flies, but it’s always a bummer when it sticks to the wrong things. If you constantly use glue traps around your house, you certainly know that’s a pretty recurrent accident.
- 1 How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Skin
- 2 How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Fur
- 3 How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Clothes
- 4 How to Remove Fly Trap Glue From Hair
- 5 Should You Continue to Use Glue Traps?
- 6 Glue Trap Alternatives
- 7 How to Remove Fly Paper Glue from Skin – Takeaway
How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Skin
If, on some bad day, the glue from these traps finds its way onto your skin, no need to worry! You can clean it up with just some patience and a few household products. Cooking oil is in the heart of every kitchen, and luckily, that’s all you need to dissolve the glue. Oil it up.
- First, you need to very carefully and slowly pull the trap away from your skin. Most of the glue will remain on the trap when you do this, while some will persist on your skin. Keep calm so you wouldn’t tear the trap off from your skin and make matters worse!
- After completely taking off the trap, dab the affected area with oil-soaked cotton balls — baby oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil. If there’s no oil around, non-chunky peanut butter would do. Whichever substance you use should then sit on your skin for a few minutes.
- Rub the affected area with a soft, dry piece of cloth. The glue will eventually loosen and come off. Note that you might have to repeat this process if you find the glue slow to remove.
- When you’re done ridding your skin of the glue, carefully wash your hands and the affected area with water and soap.
How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Fur
If your pet is tiny and the glue trap almost completely covers its body, you should seek veterinary help straightaway. In such a case, your pet is at risk for minor or even fatal injuries.
However, if your furry troublemaker is medium or large-sized, of which only a small part is stuck on the trap, you could treat it the same way you’d treat human skin.
Make sure your pet’s nose doesn’t touch the trap so it doesn’t suffocate! You also need to keep the pet calm, as the more it moves, the more the glue would stick on it and the harder it gets to remove.
If—for any reason—you can’t see a vet, put on gloves and massage the pet with oil; the glue will gradually soften. When it’s completely dissolved, wash your furry buddy well with pet shampoo.
How to Remove Fly Paper Glue From Clothes
Here are several ways to remove the glue from clothing:
Freeze Your Clothes
You can peel off the glue quite easily if it’s frozen. If the affected piece can fit inside your freezer, leave it in there for a while, then quickly scrape off the glue before it gets gooey again. If the fabric is too big, place an ice pack on the glue and leave it till it hardens. It’s easy-peasy to scrape it off then.
To avoid the vinegar spilling everywhere and making a mess, you’ll need a clean cloth.
- Wet the cloth with vinegar and put it on the glue.
- Leave it there for a while, then gently remove the softened glue from the fabric. Keep repeating the process till all the glue is gone.
- Finally, put your clothes in the washing machine or rinse them thoroughly with cold water.
Use Peanut Butter
- Spread peanut butter all over the glue on your clothes. Leave it there for a few minutes and the glue will then be easier to remove.
- Using a clean cloth, scrub the peanut butter and glue off.
- Wash your clothes however you prefer.
How to Remove Fly Trap Glue From Hair
Don’t freak out if your hair gets stuck on a glue trap! Just follow these steps:
- Very slowly peel the trap off and most of the glue should remain on it.
- Set your hair dryer on low heat and use it to soften the glue a little.
- Rub the affected area with mineral oil, baby oil, cooking oil, or non-chunky peanut butter.
- Leave the substance for several minutes, then rub your hair with a dry cloth.
- If needed, keep repeating the process till all the glue comes off.
- Finally, wash your hair generously with shampoo and water to remove the oil.
Should You Continue to Use Glue Traps?
While not initially poisonous, the glue trap isn’t the best method to capture flies, as it can be dangerous to household pets and risky to use around the house.
Animals can lose fur or skin if they accidentally get glued into the trap, whereas some can even need veterinary help and surgery to remove glue boards.
That said, using glue traps can be preferred by some, but watch out because it isn’t risk-free!
Glue Trap Alternatives
Luckily, there are many efficient alternatives that can rid your home of pests without harming you or your pets.
According to Healthline, here are some tried-and-tested alternate methods:
Herbs and Flowers
You can plant herbs and flowers both in your garden and indoors to repel flies from your home. Examples of fly-repellent herbs and flowers include:
- Bay leaves
Bonus: Some of these can also be used for cooking some delicious recipes!
Dish Soap and Apple Cider Vinegar
You can mix dish soap with vinegar to capture flies. Mix some drops of dish soap with some apple cider vinegar in a glass covered with plastic wrap. Use a rubber band to hold the plastic wrap in place, then poke holes on the top.
The vinegar will draw the flies into the glass, where they’ll enter through the holes. Then comes the dish soap’s job: it’ll make the flies sink and die instead of floating on top.
Is a carnivorous plant that you can plant outside your home to eat any insects. As soon as a fly gets inside the plant, the plant closes around it and exudes a digestive enzyme, dissolving the fly’s soft tissue for the plant to eat it like a delicious meal.
Natural Trap Bait
Foods and drinks that attract flies can also be used to capture them into traps. Examples of these are:
- Sugar, molasses, or honey
You can get a Mason jar, add your preferred bait inside, then poke some tiny holes into the lid with a hammer and nail. You can also add a few drops of dish soap to trap the flies a bit better. Place the jar where the pesky flies pervade and watch them get duped!
Here comes the most efficient, modern-day option: Light traps! These are boxes, or handheld zappers, equipped with a light that attracts flies. Depending on the type of light trap you use, the flies are either trapped or killed by an electric shock.
It’s advisable to hang light traps away from windows and entrances so they won’t be visible from outside. Also, make sure to hang them within 5 feet from the ground.
How to Remove Fly Paper Glue from Skin – Takeaway
Fly trap glue accidents can be such a bugger, but now you’ve learned that there are quite some easy ways to take the glue off from fur, clothes, skin, and hair!
In all cases, always take caution when using sticky traps and make sure to keep them out of your kids’ and pets’ reach.
If your home is where fly infestation bugs you, make sure to keep it clean all the time—particularly from food waste. It’s easier and smarter to prevent house fly infestation than to treat it.
Finally, we recommend that you try out different fly elimination methods to see which suits you best. Should any sticky troubles occur, you now know what to do!
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