When most people think of the damage bugs are capable of causing, they’re likely to imagine a bee sting or moth-eaten jacket. But according to the Ecological Society of America, pests that were introduced to forests across the U.S. as a result of trade and climate change have the potential to cause $12.7 billion in forests by the year 2020.
But how can bugs create a problem that’s so expensive? According to researchers, dead tree removal, declining property values and timber industry losses alone could be responsible for billions in losses annually.
And though people are likely to notice the damage to trees early on, the results in forest ecosystems can take years to play out entirely. Because of that, researchers and scientists are working tirelessly to find ways to contain the bugs likely to cause the most damage.
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