Historically, Cotton Stainers attacked young cotton bolls, which left to mature become the tufts of cotton that is harvested from cotton plants in order to make fabric and cotton balls. Their feeding habits streaked the young white cotton a yellowish brown color that never washed out. This staining ruined harvests on a grand scale, establishing the genus as an agricultural pest. This species can cause young cotton bolls to stain and remain small in size. Both nymphs and adults groups pierce fruit with their beaks and drink the juices inside. They are increasingly seen on fruit trees and may be to blame for orange drop, a consequence of their feeding on oranges which results in the fruit completely falling off the tree the same day. Spraying soapy water on affected plants may deter them and removing weeds, debris and other hiding places on the ground removes their winter shelters.