The next time you go for an exhausting workout at the gym, consider not washing your sweat-soaked workout clothes and smelly socks. The reason? They can be used to discourage a wild animal from nesting under your home. Wild animals like foxes like to create den sites under porches, decks or in sheds. They have a natural fear of humans, so leaving garments that reek of the human scent can often be enough to deter them from turning your home into their home. If you have teenagers, their smelly sneakers can also do the trick!