With the state’s drought in full swing, some homeowners are stocking up on plant nails and succulent seeds to get rid of pesky insects.
Missouri state Rep. Steve Dixson, a Republican, introduced a bill that would allow homeowners to apply their own plant nails or succulently sprays, though the spray would need to be made of the plant.
The state has been struggling with severe drought conditions for weeks, and a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the drought is expected to last through November.
The drought has led to an increase in the number of farmers planting drought-resistant plants to help the state meet its goal of having one-third of the country’s irrigated land in the desert, Dixssons office said.
Dixson’s bill would allow people to apply plant nails for up to three days in the spring and fall.
They could also apply a spray to their garden, lawn or vegetable patch to stop or reduce the spread of mosquitoes, dengue fever and black widow spider.
The bill is the latest step in a statewide effort to combat the threat of dengus and black widows.
Dixsons bill has gained support from farmers, who have expressed concern about the drought’s effect on the economy.DIXSON’S ACT: Missouri law allows homeowners to use plant nails, but the spray can only be made up of the root or root system of the seed.
The spray could be applied on any of the states nine agricultural zones, which range from Missouri’s central region to the state capital, St. Louis.
DIXSONS bill would apply only to those who are licensed to do so, which is why Dixons office did not specify a maximum number of plants to be spray-tipped, but that the spray could reach a maximum of four plants per household.
The bill would not affect people who are not licensed to spray or spray on their own.
“Missourians have a right to grow the plants that they want,” Dix’s office said in a statement.
MISSOURI’S DIFFICULTIES WITH POTENTIAL PLANTS: Dixsson said in the statement that his bill would make Missouri a leader in the fight against dengues and blackwidows.
In the state, more than 300 million acres of irrigated agricultural land have been lost, according to a report from USDA.
For more on the drought, watch the CBS News video below.
(Source: CBS News)