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Mutant roaches evolve to avoid sticky traps

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

Roaches that have been hard to trap may be a variety that find sugar doesn't taste quite so sweet as bait anymore, a study suggests.

Most cockroach baits cover poison in a layer of glucose, a sugar. Some mutant German roaches, the most common species of pest found in houses, apartments, restaurants and hotels, now taste glucose as bitter, researchers said today in a study released in the journal Science. This change in palate enables them to avoid traps.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:37 PM

Are the German roaches superior to other roaches, then?


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:14 PM

Start using something different as bait.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

View PostHilander, on 24 May 2013 - 03:14 PM, said:

Start using something different as bait.

Something sweeter perhaps?

Or maybe you could just let them get diabetes.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

A shoe is a good short term solution but then their families are watching horrified as the family members guts spurt out which is really good motivation for a most heinous revenge of crawling on the sleeping body of the reaper waiting... just waiting for the lips to part.. a millimeter is all they need to poop In your mouth then crawl back to watch as you smack it down.

They are disgusting creatures and I have a karmic pact with them... they shall only enter my house if they want to die.  In which case I thank them for the trust and honor of being the chosen one before I kill them dead.

I really need to get some sleep.  But it won't be coming anytime soon!  I wish there weren't pictures with this article.  :hmm:

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:54 AM

Don't ever think that insects has no brain. I'd say they gained more knowledge from life rather than evolving

Edited by FlyingAngel, 25 May 2013 - 11:55 AM.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 03:13 PM

View PostFlyingAngel, on 25 May 2013 - 11:54 AM, said:

Don't ever think that insects has no brain. I'd say they gained more knowledge from life rather than evolving

It's a common misconception that insects and arachnids aren't intelligent or can't work things out. Or that they're "pre-programmed". Sadly, a lot of people grow up with the idea that if it's not human, it's stupid and somehow less entitled to live. There's been a lot of study on some species of spider, for example, that shows that they are intelligent (in their own way) and show signs of decision making, as opposed to being pre-programmed. I do think there could be more effective methods of deterring pests from homes, that doesn't end in their death, but most people as good as invite them in themselves. Or live in an area where would-be natural habitats have been destroyed. Hopefully something more humane could be invested in, in the future.

Edited by Heaven Is A Halfpipe, 25 May 2013 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:56 PM

View PostHeaven Is A Halfpipe, on 25 May 2013 - 03:13 PM, said:



It's a common misconception that insects and arachnids aren't intelligent or can't work things out. Or that they're "pre-programmed". Sadly, a lot of people grow up with the idea that if it's not human, it's stupid and somehow less entitled to live. There's been a lot of study on some species of spider, for example, that shows that they are intelligent (in their own way) and show signs of decision making, as opposed to being pre-programmed. I do think there could be more effective methods of deterring pests from homes, that doesn't end in their death, but most people as good as invite them in themselves. Or live in an area where would-be natural habitats have been destroyed. Hopefully something more humane could be invested in, in the future.


It's true, they (roaches) have intelligence in their own way.  As a matter of fact, they have 2 brains, one in front and one in the butt.  It's real.  I read it somewhere. ..  know thine enemies.   Like I said, we have a pact.  I make their deaths quick and thank them.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:24 PM

I hate cockroaches.

They are disease carrying creatures.

BTW, if you step on one, they just "flatten-out" and scurry away from underneath your shoe.

Step and "twist" your foot. That will kill them. Squishy mess that has to be cleaned-up though.

Did I mention that I HATE cockroaches? OH yeah, I did.

Edited by pallidin, 25 May 2013 - 06:26 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:25 PM

View Postpallidin, on 25 May 2013 - 06:24 PM, said:

I hate cockroaches.

They are disease carrying creatures.

BTW, if you step on one, they just "flatten-out" and scurry away from underneath your shoe.

Step and "twist"

Did I mention that I HATE cockroaches? OH yeah, I did.

So are plenty of human beings :P

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:28 PM

True enough, Halfpipe.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:49 PM

I guess thats why they've survived so well for so long the ability to adapt and overcome


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:51 PM

Bugs are so alien looking to us, so not fuzzy and warm we see them as vile and disgusting but I'm pretty sure they think we are too.   So, it's all good.

Plus, I have a feeling that if things were the other way around the roaches would not have even a tiny fraction of tolerance for us.  Viva le differance

Edited by Lava_Lady, 25 May 2013 - 09:59 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:52 PM

View PostLava_Lady, on 25 May 2013 - 09:51 PM, said:

Bugs are so alien looking to us, so not fuzzy and warm we see them as vile and disgusting but I'm pretty sure they think we are too.   So, it's all good.

Plus, I have a feeling that if things were the other way around the roaches would not have even a tiny fraction of tolerance for us.  Viva le differance

I think some spiders are beautiful :)

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The only known vegetarian spider in the world :')

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c'mon, this is pretty, no? :P

Yeah I know, not all creepy crawlies look that nice but I do think deep in our subconscious, we're naturally wary of them because of how big they used to be (for our ancestors) and some believe spiders in those times would have been capable of hunting humans.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 01:18 AM

View PostMnemonix, on 24 May 2013 - 01:37 PM, said:

Are the German roaches superior to other roaches, then?
My house in PA was infested with them.  They are harder to kill.  I had to fumigate the whole house and be out of it for 24 hrs.






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