LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – One lawmaker is hoping to get help from the state eradicating the damaging pecan weevil.

The pest prompted a quarantine in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties this fall. The weevil can destroy crops and spreads easily.

Republican Sen. Carroll Leavell is asking for $250,000 from the state Department of Agriculture to study and eradicate the weevil.

The pecan industry brings in an estimated $180 million to New Mexico each year.