In cold regions the females mate with males and then deposit eggs on grasses, with the eggs overwintering. In warmer climates most reproduction is done asexually with parthenogenesis, females giving birth to living nymphs at the rate of 5 young per day. Development to the adult stage takes only a week or slightly longer. This species feeds on over 70 different types of grasses, including many turf species and most grains.
Contact spray insecticides applied directly to the turf and at least 6 feet beyond any noticeable damage will effectively kill the insects. Granular insecticides may not be effective as they travel down to the soil below the feeding area of the aphids.