We had some men on our property clearing out trees for the house last week. While clearing for the septic field, one of the guys found a rattlesnake. I'm not particularly scared of snakes, but since I'm going to have grandchildren and animals around I'm hoping to keep them away from the house. My grandmother always kept cats around because she said they kept the snakes away from the house. Is that an old wives tale or do cats really keep the snake population down? I'm not a cat person, but a couple of big barn cats around the place wouldn't be a bad addition to the homestead. Anybody have any other ideas for keeping the snakes away?