Snakes sometimes will eat other snakes.. And don't forget, we have natural predators in Kentucky:<quoted text>
I knew that chickens kept snakes away, but never knew how. Very interesting! Well, it will look like winter in th summer around here!LOL There will be a layer of moth balls all around my place. I wonder if it is legal to own a mongoose in Kentucky?
Owls, coyotes (believe it or not, a coyote?), bobcats, foxes, raccoons, snapping turtles and crows.
You CAN purchase Mongoose oil, you know. Maybe Google it. I would imagine it to cost a pretty penny though. I think your best bet is to spread moth balls around the outside parameter of your home itself, and then just be careful while you let nature do Her thing.
I've lived out here for a long time now and have never run across anything too nasty yet that put me in immediate danger. Never found a snake IN my house here yet either. I mostly see black snakes, tree snakes and rat or corn snakes outside while I'm fooling around in my gardens or walking in the woods.. But you gotta keep your eyes open and your ears keen. Don't loose focus, even thought it's hard when you're out in nature. Copperheads nests are said to smell like cucumbers, and I have smelled that. Didn't investigate, I just changed my course. Cotton mouths? Simply sneaky and dangerous. But as long as you watch where you're going, there isn't a snake out there that will chase you down to bite you.
(Keep your ears open because you'll hear a rattle snake LONG before you'll likely see it).
I don't know if you're living in the boondocks or not, but around here I usually have plenty of all the above mentioned as far as 'snake chasers' go, even fox.. Just the 'good' insects seem to be going missing. Which is going to cause a domino affect if something is out of kilter..