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Boll Weevil Detection in Mississippi

October 11, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (October 11, 2018) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has reinforced trapping along Interstate 20 in Northeast Louisiana following the recent capture of two Mexican boll weevils (Anthonomus grandis Boheman) in Mississippi. It is uncertain how the boll weevils got there, but I-20 is the suspected route of harvest equipment traveling into Mississippi.

“As a precautionary measure, trap lines are maintained along the I-49 and I-20 corridors in North Louisiana and traps are placed near truck stop areas and Department of Transportation and Development truck scale houses,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Because of this recent find, we have narrowed the distance between traps along I-20 in Northeast Louisiana.”

The boll weevil is a beetle that feeds on and destroys cotton buds. It is believed to be native of Mexico.

To date, boll weevil personnel have verified inspection and/or fumigation certificates of 13 cotton pickers and one tractor coming into Louisiana from Texas.

The last boll weevil captured in Louisiana happened in May of 2010. In 2012, the boll weevil was declared eradicated from the state of Louisiana.