1. Animals in chimneys:
Please consider covering egress window wells with clear plastic window covers, which will prevent helpless animals from falling into them.
3. Animals dining on your garden, flowers, trees and shrubs:
An effective, non-toxic odor repellent is a mixture of 2/3 water to 1/3 plain non-soap ammonia. This repellent works for all species. Though the repellent is non-toxic, it tastes terrible and should not be sprayed directly on food eaten by people, but can be sprayed around the border of food gardens. In addition to acting as a repellent, the solution also acts as a fertilizer to many plants. Rains will dilute the repellent and neutralize its effect, so you will have to re-spray after a heavy shower.
Fencing your garden is another option, but remember some animals are diggers, so it is necessary to bring some of the fence underground. This will provide you with a sturdier fence.
Live trapping is not an acceptable way to deal with the problem. It is FUTILE. Studies conducted by the Humane Society of the United States have found that an area will hold no more or no less than a limited number of a species. Removal of an animal from an area only results in another animal of that species moving in. Also, live trapping can result in the death of the animal and her litter of babies if left behind.
4. Animals nesting in attics, overhangs, under decks, or other areas of your house:
Stretch and attach a slinky to the length of your windowsill. It should block access to the sill to all but the smallest birds, and the slinky coils will not support the weight of a perching bird