How can we protect our garden against voles?

Garden Experts
Hello Mr. Kötter, we have had our lawn re-laid this spring. To ensure that we can enjoy the garden again soon, we have had a third of the area laid with rolled turf and two-thirds of the area sown with new lawn. Now, one or more voles have appeared in the area around the rolled turf and the adjacent flower beds. Since I know you are an expert in all garden-related matters, I thought I would ask you the following question: Do you perhaps have some advice on how we can get rid of the pests effectively without poisoning our two dogs in the process? Dear fellow gardener, this year we have seen a large number of holes appear in our garden, as well as lots of rose bush roots and other tubers that have been eaten — all of which is probably the work of voles. What action can be taken to stop this? We would really appreciate any information you can offer — as would our neighbor.

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.