The GARDENA gardening expert
Dear Ms. B and Mr. M, controlling voles is somewhat tricky — especially in the suburbs and in rural areas where territory that is vacated as a result of being seized by other voles is then often quickly habited by a new group of voles.
Sugan vole traps by Neudorff are particularly effective. The company also offers practical vole bait.
When used correctly, neither of these products should cause your four-legged friends any harm, Ms. B.
As voles have an excellent sense of smell and can easily detect humans by scent, my best advice is to place traps and bait using gardening gloves that have been used for a very long time; before placing the traps and bait, dig your gloves thoroughly into loose soil once again so that they smell of the fresh earth as much as possible. Doing this means that there is usually a very high chance that the voles with their very keen noses will not be suspicious when sniffing the bait and consequently leave it untouched, but will rather be beguiled into eating it as a result of its smell.