The Daily Standard
(Raleigh, North Carloina) 9 October 1866
An old and experienced planter has addressed a note to the Texas Jimplecute in which he states that the worm may be effectually kept out of cotton by keeping fires burning around the edge of the fields at night, when the moth is known to infect the neighborhood. He was led to an accidental observance of this years ago on his own plantation. A newly cleared field, around which some scatterig log-heaps were burning, were not touched, while the fields adjoining were devastated by the worm. The moth, which deposits the larvae, flies only at night, and is probably repelled by the smoke, or led by the glare, like candle moths, to precipitate themselves into the flames. He afterwards frequently tried this method of combatting the insect, and found it always successful.
If his plan is a good one, it can certainly very easily and with trifling additional expense be carried into effect on almost any plantation.