Plant Industry - Boll Weevil Program

Boll Weevil Program

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 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 Consumer Services-Plant Industry Division (NCDA&CS-PID) conduct surveys every year in fields and other facilities including cotton gins.

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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:   
Paul Adams - Entomological Programs Manager    
Phone: (919) 707-3735   
Fax: (919) 733-1041