Rice black bugs attack Palarong Pambansa

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Rice black bugs swarmed the entire complex where the Palarong Pambansa is held on Sunday (May 3).

(CNN Philippines) — Authorities have consistently assured the safety of the thousands of athletes and visitors during the 58th Palarong Pambansa.

But what the organizers didn't anticipate were the tiny little black bugs that swarmed the entire complex Sunday (May 3).

Witnesses said that the black bugs came out when the floodlights were turned on while the provincial government was holding a welcome dinner for all delegation officials at poolside area of the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.

The event was cut short with thousands, if not millions, of rice black bugs covering the area.

On Monday morning (May 4) a massive clean-up was done at the sports complex. Thousands of black bugs were fished out of the pool during the cleaning activity but until afternoon several bugs, mostly dead, still littered the area.

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The organizers, who assured the public that the bugs are harmless, decided to adjust the intensity of the lights within the sports complex so as to prevent another "infestation" from happening at the formal opening of the week-long sports competition.

Games expected to be affected are football, where matches are scheduled at night, and swimming. The pool's lights would also be turned off during the night so as not to attract the black bugs again.

Commonly known as “piyangaw”, the bugs emit a certain foul odor and can be normally found in rice fields and farmlands, which happen to surround the sports complex.

Residents in the area said that the rice black bugs usually come out in droves during full moon.