Wildlife frequent human areas for two things – food and shelter – so ensure that there is no access to food (pet food, bird seed, fruit trees, fish ponds, desirable ornamental flowers or plants) or an opening to a comfy shelter (shed, crawl space, attic, porch, etc.) and the wildlife will move on to greener pastures. You can also use mild deterrent techniques to encourage the animals to move on without harming them or scaring them off at crucial times of the year when babies can be orphaned. See species-specific information for the wildlife you are trying to deter.
For more information, visit our Wildlife Welfare section.