States step up boll weevil traps after two found in Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana and Arkansas have stepped up boll weevil trapping because two of the destructive, longsnounted beetles were found in northern Mississippi.
The head of Mississippi's boll weevil eradication program says he thinks the two males probably hitched a ride on a vehicle, though nobody knows for sure how they arrived in Batesville. Farrell Boyd says intensive trapping within a mile of the spot where they were found in a trap on Sept. 29 hasn't turned up any more weevils.
Boll weevils did more than $23 billion in damage to U.S. cotton but are now eradicated from all cotton-producing states except part of southern Texas.
Arkansas has increased trapping at entry points from Texas and Mississippi. Louisiana has boosted trapping along Interstate 20 in eastern Louisiana.