In the year 2016, my older brother Carl, who was 19 at the time, and I (Nick) founded the brand
RinneTraps. Prior to the official creation of our brand,we had been tinkering around with hobby
projects in our family’s garage since we were children. One of these projects would evolve
into something much larger than we could have ever imagined.
How we got started
Our family has always had a tendency for making things ourselves. From fixing the leaky
kitchen faucet, to maintaining our cars, to building our own houses. The ability to do the
work ourselves was instilled in my brother and I early on by our father. Having been taught to solve problems on our own, we put this mindset to good use when we discovered mice had invaded our garage. We immediately began thinking of ways to
solve the infestation without having to hire a professional. We spent some time drawing and creating prototypes of what we thought would be a good design for catching multiple mice. We would of course become immensely frustrated very quickly with this approach seeing as none of our prototypes that we created ever did what they were supposed to do--catch mice! It wasn’t until (Carl) found a YouTube video by a content creator (Shawn woods). This video consisted of a log balanced on top of a bucket that caught 20+ mice in one night. He put together a rough prototype of what he saw on this video. The trap was a 11-inch PVC plumbing pipe with 2 sheet rock sticking out the end to balance on a bucket. It wasn’t pretty but oh boy did it work. On the first night of setting up this so called "mouse trap", it ended up catching 5 mice. He went on and, on all night, about how this mouse trap is best mouse trap in the world, and how we should capitalize on it by selling it on Ebay or Amazon. Me being the typical
younger brother, I immediately shot him down and told him that nobody would ever purchase
a “PVC pipe with 2 sheet rock screws”. Just to prove that it wouldn't sell, I went ahead and
took some photos, wrote a description, and gave it a title “The Rolling Log Mouse Trap” and
listed it on eBay. To my surprise in just 5 minutes, I got a notification on my phone stating
“Your item has sold”. In that very exact moment, me and carl knew we had a business on
Where we are now
We now sell 6 unique never before seen mouse traps and hold 3 patents. We have since moved out of our family garage and moved into a 12,000 SQFT manufacturing warehouse. In this warehouse, we design, manufacture and hand package all our products and currently employ over 20+ people in the beautiful sunshine state of Florida. You can find our products on amazon and over 100+ retail stores worldwide.
We are always thankful for the support that our customers have shown us over the years and are excited to continue developing new products to serve our customers better every day.