I like having rat snakes, garden snakes, etc. But I'm not too keen on Copperheads and Water moccasins, especially when my young grandsons will be visiting. I have been mowing and weed-eating to keep everything down low. But while sitting on the back wooden stoop, a small patterned snake came out from under the stoop. Not sure if it was a Copperhead or not. Didn't stay around to see. I've done a lot of research on snake habits and read about repellents--don't want to kill any snakes. I plan to instruct the boys on wearing shoes, not going out barefoot in the dark, and staying away from brush piles left over from the storm. But, the fact of the matter is that there are snakes out at the acreage due to the rocks around the property and the pond behind the house. Am I being a worry wart? The neighbor stepped on a Copperhead in his back yard after dark. Put him in the hospital for several days. Any advice on making my grandsons trip to the country a pleasant and safe one? They are 7 and 4, and into everything.