Bittersweet: Bait-averse cockroaches shudder at sugar
Date posted: May 23, 2013
Sugar isn’t always sweet to German cockroaches, especially to the ones that avoid roach baits.
In a study published May 24 in the journal Science, North Carolina State University entomologists show the neural mechanism behind the aversion to glucose, the simple sugar that is a popular ingredient in roach-bait poison. Glucose sets off bitter receptors in roach taste buds, causing roaches to avoid foods that bring on this taste-bud reaction.
Read more from N.C. State’s News Services: news.ncsu.edu/releases/glucose-averse-roaches
From Issue: Spring 2013 Category: Media Releases, Noteworthy News, Perspectives