Source: Texas A&M University
The recent cold weather could yield the best chance in a decade to eradicate the boll weevil in South Texas, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.
"It's really the best opportunity to bring about the death knell for the weevil," said Noel Troxclair, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist. "That's the way I envision it."
The region was making strides in eradicating the boll weevil until some major setbacks a few years ago, said Troxclair, who is based at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde. In 2007, for example, a protracted rainy period meant entomology scouts couldn't check traps, delaying aerial applications. The rain also washed off insecticides when they were applied.