If you are still coming up to the cottage -- just a reminder that we have boats everywhere in the yard to prep for storage including many resting temporarily in car parking spaces leading toward the Shop.. Assigned parking spaces ended on thanksgiving so please park wherever there is a vacant space and parking passes will be required to be displayed in your window. If your assigned space has someone in it, they probably parked there because a boat was in their spot.
The marina offers many services to help cottagers. One service is winterizing cottages. While the owner may have left for the winter - it may be otherwise occupied in the owner's absence.
This year, when visiting cottages to winterize the plumbing, we noticed significant mouse droppings in several cottages. Signs of mice is not unusual at the cottage, mice are part of the cottage experience - one of the few unpleasant cottage experiences. Mouse droppings can carry disease so it's important to minimize the population in/around the cottage.
In past years, we have had a ladybug problem at the marina and were told the time to spray is September. When the technician came about a month ago, we asked about pest trends in the area. He advised that this is an especially bad year for ants and mice so when we visited the cottages and found the droppings, we remembered these comments.
We will be going back to these cottages with the pest control technician to minimize the mouse invasion.
Left unaddressed in your cozy cottage, mice first breed at 7 weeks of age and after 20 days will have a litter of 10-12 baby mice...then seven weeks later....well...the math gets bigger than we'd like to imagine by the time spring arrives. While some may get inside, if they take the bait before that litter arrives, you've got your problem under control.
Call us if you would like to arrange for pet safe bait stations to be set up at your cottage.
There are three kinds of cottagers on Anstruther...the hockey parents who close up on labour day weekend, the typical cottager who isn't a hockey parent will close up on thanksgiving weekend, and the rest are the ones who are proud that only the arrival of ice will make them give up their boat.
This year it won't be the ice that will push them into giving up their boat, it will be the Trent Severn Waterway or fish spawning, whichever you prefer to blame. The Trent Severn Waterway controls the water level and puts logs in and out at the dam to control the water level of the larger lower lakes. They say that the lower water levels are also needed for fish spawning.
They dropped the water level with precipitation assumptions and not actual conditions. This was one of the most spectacular septembers in a long time, we only had 1/2 the precipitation that was expected but that now leaves us with very low water levels.
Many of the cottagers that still have boats in their slips are now not able to use their slip due to inadequate water levels. Please consider finishing your season soon.
Extremely rough waters yesterday (oct 3rd)...all week actually. Winds battering us from the north end. Two boats close to the marina have sunk, there possibly could be more. Both turned their boats because of low water levels. If you have not come up this week, you may want to check on your boat if its still at your dock. Also one of the cottages to the left of the marina has lost a water trampoline. If anyone sees a rogue trampoline, let us know.
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