Cotton crops have fallen victim to the boll weevil for many years since the beetle made it's way to the to the United States in the late 19th century. It was one of the worst pests in the history of the country in the 1920s.

The fight to eradicate the pest has been in attempts since 1978 with the founding of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says that after a long battle, the pest has finally been eradicated. He says not a single boll weevil was caught last year and only one was caught back in 2010.