The Boll Weevil found its way into the United States from Mexico in 1892. This small beetle feeds on the buds and flowers of cotton, infesting nearly all U.S. cotton crops by 1920. The USDA Boll Weevil Eradication Program
started in 1978 to help producers recoup some of their estimated $300 million in annual losses to the insect. Boll Weevil has been eradicated in nearly 75% of its range within the U.S.