From the Annals of the Pests – In 1984, Charles W. DeRyee, a druggist in Corpus Christi, mentioned in a letter that the boll weevil was in Texas. This was the first known reference to the pest being in Texas. The tiny insect was one of the most devastating pests ever to effect American agriculture. By the 1920’s, the BW was present in ever cotton producing region of the state. Eradication programs have been somewhat successful, but the BW remains a problem to this day.