Despite its common name this scale insect feeds on many varieties of plants, including oleander, olive, ivy, camphor, palms, stonefruits, pear, and others. This species has a very rapid life cycle, completing it from egg to a new mature egg-laying adult in just over one month. Several generations are possible each year, with females averaging 90 eggs that are deposited beneath their wax cover. The mobile crawlers emerge and move about on the plant for a few hours to a few days, finally inserting their mouthparts into plant tissue and remaining there for the remainder of their lives. They begin to secrete a wax cover, also incorporating shed skins into the cover, which show as a white tip at the center of the flat, round, yellowish wax cover.
For ornamentals dormant or summer oils may be effective in killing the scales, as well as contact insecticides applied when the first instar crawlers are present. An IGR applied when crawlers are present also may be effective. A systemic applied to the soil can also provide effectiveness in killing the feeding scales. For food-bearing trees a registered insecticide needs to be used as a topical treatment. Many natural predators and parasites feed on this scale, and normally keep its populations low enough not to warrant chemical applications.