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Cotton Pests

The role of PPQ's Cotton Pest Programs is to eradicate the boll weevil and pink bollworm from all cotton-producing areas of the U.S. and northern Mexico in cooperation with States, the cotton industry, and Mexico. The staff also provides technical assistance to facilitate the trade of U.S. cotton in international markets.

Pest Identification



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Regulatory Updates


Nearly all 17 cotton states have local regulations concerning the boll weevil. A proposed federal quarantine for boll weevil was drafted and published for public comment in early 2007, and the final rule may be published in 2014.


Quarantine Information


Pest Management



APHIS Program Publications



Karen Maguylo
National Cotton Coordinator
(301) 851-3128

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