This species is one of several leafhoppers that may vector a plant pathogen that causes Pierce’s Disease, a devastating disease in vineyards and other crops, as well as on many ornamental plants. The insect hibernates in the adult stage, in very early spring deposits eggs into the leaves of grasses, and may have three generations each year. It will feed on some broadleaf plants but strongly prefers grasses, including both cultivated and weed grasses.
The major impact of the sharpshooters will be on crops, due primarily to their role as vectors of plant pathogens. Around ornamental landscapes the pest status is primarily a nuisance value, and if present in large numbers they may be controlled with an application of a labeled insecticide applied to the infested turf.