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Snake lake, grey matter & mossie move

Cottage Q&A

ALËNA SKARINA

A SERPENT SITUATION

We have been unable to enjoy our waterfront due to a huge number of water snakes under our dock. How can we deter them? —STACEY WAGLER, SPANISH RIVER, ONT. We assume that you want the good news first. Your waterfront is so snakealicious because it’s in fantastic shape. “The fact that the snakes are there means that it’s great habitat,” says herpetologist Andrew Lentini. “You have a healthy lake.” Fist bump! Okay, now the bad news: anything you do to make the area undesirable for the snakes—say, blocking their under-dock access with chicken wire or removing logs or rocks where the water snakes might want to hang out— probably requires a permit and, more importantly, also makes it undesirable for fish, frogs, and turtles. “The only way to get rid of the snakes is to get rid of the other creatures,” says Lentini. Is that really a trade-off that you want to make?

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Have hammer, will cottage? The Fall issue of Cottage Life will help you get a jump on finishing up your summer projects, closing up for the season, or starting on next year’s building plans. Get inspired by (and get the secrets to designing) the new classic cottage: a sleek, green, modern cottage with the heart of a cabin in the woods. Find plans for the ultimate DIY kids’ bunkie, jam-packed with features like a zipline, a climbing wall, and monkey bars. Outsmart the mice with our expert animal-proofing advice. Become a firewood pro with tips and a guide to splitting, stacking, and storing your wood, and sharpening your chainsaw. Make a simple firewood storage tower in a weekend. Read up about your best options for waste water, including septics, grey-water systems, holding tanks, and composting toilets. Plus, when it comes time to pack up your kitchen, don’t haul home a summer’s worth of leftover hamburger buns and broken cookies. We’ve got recipes to help you turn them into a feast to end the season. The issue also includes your discount for the Fall Cottage Life Show. Pick up the Fall 2018 issue today for the best of autumn at the cottage!