Something is Eating My Swiss Chard

My young chard plants have holes in the leaves, about 1/4 inch in diameter. Could it be cutworms? Ho do I prevent them?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Patty from Seattle, WA

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Soft-bodied insects (mites, aphids, mealybugs): Mix one tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of Ivory soap into a quart of water. Shake well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray plant from above down, and from below up to get the underside of the leaves. The oil smothers the insects.

Good luck.

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It could also be slugs or snails that munch at night, check to see if there is any slime trails. If so, it is those little beasts!

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