Big Ed Bio

Ed Dolshun is the Catchmaster® brand’s Vice President of Business Development and Technical Director and an expert in trapping tips. In his role, Ed is responsible for both the development of new products as well as validation for existing products. However, Ed’s most important unofficial title is “CTO”, or Chief Trapping Officer.

Ed has over 12 years experience in the pest management industry. While at AP&G Co., Inc. he has worked several different sales and research & development positions. Prior to joining AP&G he served many years as Environmental and Regulatory Specialist at Bergen County Community Development  and also taught an Environmental Issues course at Fairleigh Dickinson University as part of their Masters of Administrative Science Program. Above all, Ed is our “Champion of the Catch”.

Ed’s trapping passions don’t just lie in pest management – he is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. “The same qualities that make you a great hunter or fisherman make you a great pest management professional,” Ed is proud of pointing out at many industry seminars. Ed’s favorite part of his position with the Catchmaster® brand is spending time in the field learning from the pests and the latest innovations in Intelligent Pest Management.

Ed is excited to share his #TrappingTips with the world – follow the Catchmaster® blog and social media platforms for more great content from Big Ed.

What should I do if I come in contact with the adhesive?

In case of contact with adhesive, use vegetable or mineral oil to remove from skin or non-target animals.

How do I remove the Catchmaster® glue traps from floors or other surfaces?

Use vegetable oil or mineral spirits for easy clean up on floors and other surfaces.

Will a Catchmaster® glue board cause harm if a non-target animal/pet eats, chews or swallows it?

No. Catchmaster glue boards are safe and non-toxic. The ingredients in our products consist of a mixture of consumable ingredients and by themselves will not create any problems for non-target animals.  If non-target animals/pets do ingest, monitor the animal closely.

Can I use bait on Catchmaster® glue boards to attract rodents?

Catchmaster® glue boards are pre-scented and are intended for use without additional bait. You can increase their effectiveness by placing glue boards along known or suspected rodent pathways. If you feel the need for additional bait to increase its attractiveness, place a small amount of a non-oily substance on the center of the board. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED FOODS, SUCH AS PEANUT BUTTER, for bait as this will degrade the adhesive and allow rodents to escape

For some reason, rodents seem to be avoiding the Catchmaster® glue boards; how do I increase the catch?

Place the boards along a known or suspected pathway without removing the release paper for a day or so (you may also choose to place bait on top of the release paper).  This allows the target pest to acclimate to the new item in its environment and to feel comfortable traveling over it.  When you remove the release paper, the probability of capturing unsuspecting rodents will be improved.

Why are rodents pulling off my Catchmaster® glue boards?

There are 3 main reasons why rodents could be pulling off of your Catchmaster glue boards:

1.  Dusty Environments – If the glue trap is placed in a dusty area, the dust may coat the glue.

2.  Cold Temperatures – If the glue trap is being used in extremely cold temperatures (below 50° F performance will begin to decline).

3.  Oily Substances – If the rodent itself is oily or greasy; if the glue trap is placed in an oily or greasy area such as a kitchen; or if the trap was baited with an oily product such as peanut butter or jelly.

NOTE: Anything that coats the top layer of the glue will reduce effectiveness.

How do I get the release paper off my Catchmaster® Glue Trap?

Grip the release paper in one corner and “pull” it off in one smooth, continuous motion; the paper will come right off.

A mouse was caught, what now?

Check traps daily and replace as needed. Do not touch mice. Wear non-absorbent gloves when disposing of rodent. Research how to properly and safely dispose of mice and how to disinfect rodent contaminated areas.

How often do your Catchmaster® glue traps need to be replaced?

When sealed, Catchmaster® glue traps can last up to a year in normal environment conditions. The effectiveness of the Catchmaster® Glue Trap depends on the environment; higher temperatures would cause a higher release over time.  In cooler environments, the release would be less.  A good functional average, depending on temperature with higher release rates in the beginning, would be from 30 – 45 days. Store glue products in a dry environment at room temperature.

What is the optimal operating and storage temperature for Catchmaster® glue products?

Catchmaster® traps are effective at temperatures between 50° F and 110° F.  Below 50° F and above 110° F performance will begin to decline.

Storage temps can go up as high as 120° F but should not exceed these temperatures for long periods.

Does the Catchmaster® Peanut Butter Scented Board cause allergies?

No, Catchmaster® scented boards do not contain any traces of real peanuts, peanut scents or oils.  The peanut butter scent is completely synthetic.  Synthetic scents do not cause allergic reaction.

What should I do if my pet becomes stuck on a glue board or tray?

First, sprinkle shredded paper or torn bits of paper towel around the exposed glue area to prevent further entanglement. Next, gently massage a light coating of vegetable or mineral oil on and around the contact area. Gently and carefully remove the pet from the glue surface. Clean with soap and water. Finally, discard the used glue board or tray in a trash receptacle.

What should I do if a non-targeted species becomes stuck on a glue board or tray?

Contact your local veterinarian, certified wildlife rehab specialist or animal control for assistance. For an organization in your area, please visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory at https://wildliferehabinfo.org/

We do not recommend that you handle any wild animal without consulting professionals at your local Wildlife Control Department or certified wildlife rehab specialists.

Can I use a glue board or tray as a live trap?

We do not recommend using any adhesive based monitors or traps for live capturing pests or any other wild animals.

Quality Design

All Catchmaster® products are non-toxic and easy solutions for eliminating and preventing unwanted pest infestations. Catchmaster® products are meant to be used responsibly and for intended use only. Keep all Catchmaster® products out of reach of children, pets, and non-target animals. 

High Performance

Catchmaster® adhesive formulas are extremely effective and may catch anything that comes in contact with the glue. In case of accidental contact with adhesive, use vegetable or mineral oil to remove from skin or animals. Use paint thinner for easy clean up on floors and other surfaces.

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