Answer: Unfortunately, I am not sure what would eat baby dahlias like that, although slugs are certainly a possibility. If so, you will see slime trails as evidence because the slugs work at night. There are commercial baits available, they can be trapped, and they can be hand-picked and dropped into soapy water. Another possibility is a critter such as a woodchuck or bunny. You might be able to repel these using a home-made garlic/red pepper spray or a commercially formulated animal repellent. Without knowing what the pest is it is a bit difficult to be specific but with a little observation maybe you can figure out what is doing the damage. Good luck with your dahlias!
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