On my back patio I sometimes get these annoying little flies that just “hang around” doing laps. Usually in about a 3 foot diameter area. They like the “still air” and hang out there especially when there is wind in the yard.
Needless to say, when I’m sitting in my easy chair on the patio I don’t like them hovering in my view…
Sporadically I’ll hang a “fly paper tape” thing from the overhead and let it catch them. Some times I just use a fly swatter. (Swung fast enough, even a miss creates enough turbulance that I’ll see a wing fluttering to the ground and know one of them will be walking from here on out ;-)
So today I hung one. It was an old one as the last time I did this was last summer some time. As they get old, the “goo” thickens. Sometimes to the point where attempting to deploy it causes the paper to rip. This did.
Sometimes you get a little goo on the fingers accidentally. Other times, like now, I got a lot as I was manually unwinding the paper with fingers in goo.
The Goo is damn near impossible to wipe off, wash off, or otherwise remove. (And I’m low on solvents right now, the Peoples Republic of California having decided that only industries that pay large fees ought to have access to “chemicals”… especially those that work…)
The end result was both hands with more Goo than you’d think possible from a little old fly tape and the paper towel and soap just not getting it done…
Well, necessity being what it is… I pondered a while. Witchhazel helped a little. (Not sure exatly what’s in it, or why we have it, but a very old bottle of it was on the shelf, soo….)
But I still had a lot of sticky stuff left. What to do?
I decided to try a variation on automotive grease absorbant tech. Would a powder, especially one with some chemical / pH modification power help? (That there was a tub of it sitting near the sink didn’t hurt the inspiration to “try it” ;-)
So I rubbed a load of Baking Soda ( Sodium Bicarbonate ) into the Goo. Then washed.
Almost completely clean hands.
Very very close to completely clean. Enough that I didn’t bother with more.
So, should you find yourself “Gooed”, it’s worth giving a baking soda absorbant rub a try…