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Why do we get algae some years and not others?

Why do we get algae some years and not others?

Find out what causes those swarms of algae certain summers
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Do I need to vent my crawl space?

Do I need to vent my crawl space?

Find out whether or not this space needs to be vented outside if it is insulated and heated
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Will an osprey rebuild its nest in the same spot?

Will an osprey rebuild its nest in the same spot?

Learn what an osprey and its mate is most likely to do after its nest falls in the water
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How do you get rid of wasps?

How do you get rid of wasps?

Learn how to keep wasps away, without getting rid of them completely
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Will water snakes come near humans when swimming?

Will water snakes come near humans when swimming?

Should you be afraid of water snakes coming close when you're out on the lake? We provide the answer
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What prevents a sauna from getting mouldy?

What prevents a sauna from getting mouldy?

Learn maintenance tips to help ensure your sauna doesn't start to mould
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Is this type of leach common in Ontario?

Is this type of leach common in Ontario?

The Cottage Life experts try to identify a large leech found in an Ontario lake
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How do I get the lake smell out of my dog?

How do I get the lake smell out of my dog?

How to get rid of the sour smell on your lake-loving canine
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Where should I put the cribs for the dock I’m building?

Where should I put the cribs for the dock I'm building?

Learn the proper placement for cribs, if you're considering building a crib dock
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How can we avoid dead flies in the cottage in spring?

How can we avoid dead flies in the cottage in spring?

What you can do to avoid having dead flies all over your cottage when it comes time to open up
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