How Much Are Insects Worth to the U.S. Economy?

You know all those insects that can be so annoying, especially with the weather finally getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, there are days you wish all of them would just go away. American businesses would feel a big-time pinch, however, if that ever happened.

Insects contribute a whopping $57 billion each year to the American economy, a figure, conservation researchers say, may only be a conservative estimate. By the way, the product made by domestically raised honeybees wasn't included in those numbers.

And, some of those creepy crawlers save an additional $4.5 billion by naturally gobbling up pests that might endanger our crops.

Nature.com March 31, 2006

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