IPM strategies and tactics to reduce insecticide use while protecting structures from attack and infestation by subterranean termites are reviewed. Standard termiticide and product testing methods are presented. Results of USDA Forest Service field tests generally demonstrate that currently registered termiticides provide five or more years of termite control. Stainless steel mesh has been a 100% effective termite barrier for more than 6 yrs in continuing field tests.

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1Presented as part of the IPM in Urban Entomology Symposium during the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in San Diego, California.