Answer: Besides animals, there is a possibility that slugs are causing the damage. They work at night so you wouldn't see them, but they do sometimes leave silvery slime trails behind. To combat slugs, sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the soil around the plants, use commercial slug traps or saucers filled with stale beer, or hand pick them at night by flashlight and drop them into soapy or salty water. You can also use commercial slug baits, but do be sure to read and follow the label instructions carefully, especially if you have children or outdoor pets.
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