This scale attacks a wide range of plants, including bamboo, camellia, citrus, crepe myrtle, ferns, gardenia, lily, orchids, and others. Feeding of large numbers of the scales reduces plant vigor, may cause loss of foliage, and reduces marketability of commercial plants. Males are unknown, and females reproduce parthenogenetically. Up to 1000 eggs are deposited beneath the wax shell of the female, which then dies. Development to the adult stage takes from 40 to over 100 days, and within warm greenhouses all stages will be present and active simultaneously.
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.