A black bug is commonly present in rainfed and irrigated areas. It prefers continuously cropped irrigated rice areas and poorly drained fields. It sucks the sap of the rice plant causing bug burn damage. Damaged plants turn yellowish and dry up the plant in severe cases.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) 9 through its Regulatory Division and Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) and the Municipal Local Government Units of Molave, Tukuran, Labangan, Guipos and Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur. conducted an operation black bug control recently.