As many as 8 generations of this insect per year may occur, particularly along coastal areas where winter temperatures remain mild. The insect feeds on foliage, buds, and soft shoots of acacia and albizia. Eggs are deposited on the foliage and hatch to the mobile, wingless nymphs. There will be 5 nymph instars and then the winged adult stage, with only 3 weeks required for development from egg to fertile adult insect. The adults have strongly developed hind legs and can jump quickly, giving rise to the name of “jumping” plant lice.
Foliar applications of contact insecticides can effectively control psyllids, which produce little in the way of protective wax covers. A systemic applied to the soil will also be effective on the insect as it feeds on the foliage. Plants generally tolerate psyllid infestations with little actual damage, most of the annoyance coming from the honeydew production. Good plant health will help plants do well with little need for pesticide applications.