Having wild animals on your property can lead to a wide range of issues. Some animals do damage to your home, others make it a mess, some spread disease and some could actually be very dangerous to you and your family. While it is impossible to completely discourage all animals from entering your property, there are a lot of things that you can do to minimize the risk that wildlife is there to do harm.
Usually, animals stay away from humans out of fear, but if there is anything that will attract them, it is an easy meal. Some animals have such an amazing sense of smell that they can pick up the scent of leftovers from miles away. This should tell you that you need to make sure you seal any food garbage very well to prevent them from picking up the scent.
They also like to find shelter. When it comes to smaller animals, such as rodents, they might go for holes in your walls or vent pipes and an unused chimney. Rodents can squeeze through very small holes, so you should make sure that you patch up anything that could be used as an entry point.