States step up boll wee­vil traps af­ter two found in Mis­sis­sippi

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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.

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