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Boll Weevil Program

The "cotton boll weevil" (Anthonomus grandis) was eradicated from North Carolina in 1987. To prevent the re-introduction and re-establishment of the boll weevil in the state, the NC Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Inc. and the NC Department of Agriculture and Comsumer Services-Plant Industry Division (NCDA&CS-PID) conduct surveys every year in fields and other facilities including cotton gins.



For additional information see:

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  • NCDA&CS Boll Weevil Regulations
  • USDA Boll Weevil Eradication Map
  • USDA APHIS PPQ Boll Weevil Eradication
  • Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Organization
  • Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Inc.
  • The Cotton Pickin' Web
  • Current Status of Boll Weevil Eradication Programs

    Frequently asked questions
  • Q. I am interested in growing ornamental cotton on my property. What should I do/know?
  • A. Because the cotton plant is a regulated commodity for the cotton boll weevil, the NCDA&CS requires that all residents growing cotton in small areas or ornamental cotton on their properties comply with NC laws and regulations. Click on the following link to contact the NCDA&CS Plant Pest Specialist (PPS) in your area to guide you through the entire process. You will need to fill a compliance agreement and allow the PPS to set up a boll weevil trap where you have planted your cotton plants. The compliance agreement and the traps are services provided by NCDA&CS at no cost. The PPS will change the lure in the traps every month until all the cotton is harvested.

  • Q. I am doing research on cotton with a company. Do I need to contact NCDA&CS to monitor for boll weevil?
  • A. Yes, you will need to comply with the state laws and regulations to monitor for cotton boll weevil. Please contact the NCDA&CS Plant Pest Specialist in your area to have him/her guide you through the process. Click on this link to contact the PPS in your area and have him/her assist you with all the necessary documentation and procedures including filling a compliance agreement and setting and servicing traps in your facilities.

  • Q. Does NCDA&CS monitor for boll weevil in cotton fields in NC?
  • A. No. The NCDA&CS does not monitor for cotton boll weevil in cotton fields in NC. These surveys are coordinated and supervised by the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina. The NCDA&CS only conducts surveys for boll weevil in cotton gin operations, research facilities working with cotton and in residences where ornamental cotton is grown.


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Boll Weevils at Work!(Magnification 5-8X)
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For Additional Information Contact:
Alonso Suazo, Ph.D. -Staff Entomologist

Phone:(919) 707-3752
Fax:(919) 733-1041


NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section
Plant Pest Administrator - Phillip L. Wilson
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone: 919) 707-3753 | FAX: (919) 733-1041