Technical Data


DESCRIPTION: Sanitiser, disinfectant, bactericide, virucide, fungicide, algaecide
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Dimethyl-didecyl-ammonium chloride (with synergistic activating agents)
CHEMICAL GROUP: Quaternay ammonium compound (double chain)
FORMULATION: Liquid concentrate 250g/l active ingredient
ACTIVITY: Active against a very wide range of bacteria, fungi, algae and viruses
DOSAGE RATE: See Schedule of Instructions
BIO-DEGRADABILITY: Bio-degradable within the specified time period and is environmentally friendly and no harmful residues on surfaces or in underground water
PACKAGING: 10l white plastic cans
EFFECT ON METALS: Non-corrosive/non-oxidising

NB Does not contain formaldehyde, phenol, iodine, active halogens, mercury, copper or any heavy and toxic metals.


There is considerable concern world-wide over the use of agrochemicals which contain highly toxic and carcinogenic, non-biodegradable residues.

In the past, disinfectants containing the following active ingredients were widely used:-

1. Chlorine compounds

2. Formaldehyde (formalin) compounds

3. Copper containing compounds

4. Single chain Quarternary ammonium compounds

5. 'No Name' Disinfectants

These are unregistered, unstated, unqualified and unquantified products and are usually 'fly by night', have no or little field trial backing or references. Their active ingredients and concentrations are not disclosed or handling precautions sated. Farms/factories use them at their peril.

6. Double Chain Quarternary Ammonium Compounds - TERMINATOR

Substantial research in countries such as Germany, France, Norway, USA, and South Africa have confirmed that Dimethyl-didecyl-ammonium chloride with certain synergistic agents and carriers provide the answers to the dilemma for successful sanitation.

It has the following advantages:-

NB In all trials carried out by Infruitec, Stellenbosch, South Africa, TERMINATOR proved to be far superior to the other chlorine compounds which had previously been used as a general disinfectant and as post-harvest decay control.

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It is vital to adopt a holistic, preventative approach to disease control throughout the agricultural industry. The following should be disinfected regularly to destroy existing populations of pathogens and eliminate cross-infection:

Hands and clothes, footwear (footbaths), holders, bins, sorting/processing tables, factory, abattoir or packshed walls and floors, machinery, utensils and implements. Livestock drinking water, drinking lines and nipples, pens, irrigation pipes and wherever cross-infection can take place.


LD 50 dosage of 100% of the active compound:

rat (oral 1.200mg/kg (after 14 days) 1.2g/kg of bodyweight acute (oral) 1.800 mg/kg (after 24 hours) 1.8g/kg of bodyweight


In diluted form from 1:500 and upwards to 1:10,000 TERMINATOR is harmless.

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Dimethyl-didecyl-ammonium chloride and QAC's in general have proved to be highly effective in the control of fungi, bacteria, algae, yeasts and viruses in a contact situation. These include the following:-

1.Corynebacterium spedonicum 1. Alternaria spp.
1.Xanthomonas campestris 1. Aspergillus spp.
1.Pseudomonas syringae 1. Bipolaris spp.
1.Botrytis cinerea 1. Cladosporum spp.
1.Fusarium oxysporum 1. Epicoccum spp.
1.Phytophthora cinnamomi 1. Fusarium spp.
1.Pythium spp. 1. Mucor spp.
1.Rhizoctonia solani 1. Penicillium spp.
1.Verticillium dahliae 1. Rhizopus spp.
1.Phytophthora spp 1. Ulocladium spp
2.Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2. Mycobacterium smegmatis .
2.Escherichia coli 2. Streptococcus faecalis
2.Staphlyococcus aureus  
3.Salmonella typhimurium 3. Erwinia spp.
4.Burkholderia solanacearum  
6.Salmonella choleraesois 6. Proteus vulgaris
6.Serratia marcescens 6. Shigella flexineri
6.Klebsiella spp. 6. Herspes simplex virus
6.Adeno virus 6. Vaccinia
Green, mustard and black algae  
Moulds and yeasts  

NB TERMINATOR should not be taken orally for treatment of the above except in the sanitation treatment of drinking water.


Infruitec, Stellenbosch
Institute Pasteur de Lyon No. 1483 7/10/82
Institute of Japanese Poultry Science, Nippon Kakingaku Shi
Agricultural Research Council, RSA 16/10/96
Dept of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Station, Stellenbosch, RSA (Hemictoliophora ripa)
State of North Caroline, USA, http/www/doa.state.nc......

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NB Surfaces treated must remain wet for at least 5 minutes. TERMINATOR is active as long as the environment remains wet. Concentration is sacrificed in the process of sterilisation. Should not be applied undiluted.

APPLICATION Concentration Wet contact time
General Disinfectant: Fungicide, bactericide, algaecide, virucide. Washing of hands, floors, walls sorting tables, machinery, utensils, gloves, clothes, etc.
Spray, scrub or dip
1:1,250 5 mins
Cleaning of used pots, seed trays and implements
1:1,250 8 hrs
Footbaths: low contaminant
High contaminant level
1:1,250 5 mins
Cuttings, dormant bud-wood, propagation and graft materials
Dip and seal
1:1,250 30 mins
Seeds : - larger seeds to be placed in porous bags and dipped, very small seeds to be watered in. Compatible with molybdenum compounds 1:1,250 30 mins
Seed bed irrigation (prophylactic):
Contamination levels must be checked for cost effective treatment ie. Tap water, clean bore hole water, dam water, fountain water
Polluted surface water




Irrigation pipes blocked or partially blocked with high levels of algae
Dose holding tank/reservoir or feed into system as often as required
1:1,000 2 hrs
Hot-house humidifiers, evaporators, mist sprays
Mist as often as required, preferably in the evening and early mornings to avoid excessive inhalation
1:2,000 N/A
Plant spray : fungicidal, bactericidal, Anti-pathogenic 1:1,500 5 mins
Post harvest decay control of all fruit and vegetables Drench, dip or spray
Ref. Infruitec
1:1,250 6 mins
Cut Flowers: Place stems into baths containing solution as soon as possible after harvest 1:4,000 15mins
Termite control: The product has proved to be effective against termite attack on Pinus radiata (pine trees). Trials were successfully completed in Australia involving Mastotermis spp and   2-4 kgs/m3
Coptotermis spp of termites    
Nematodes 1:10 N/A
Timber preservative - widely used in the USA    
Veterinary applications Dilution Wet contact time
General disinfectant (bactericide, fungicide, algaecide and virucide). Washing of hands, floors, walls, processing tables, machinery, utensils, gloves, clothes, etc. 1:1,250 5 mins
Foot baths : low contamination level
High contamination level
5 mins
Drinking water systems, piping, nipple-drinkers, bowls, troughs etc. Initial once off treatment for high contamination levels - flush with water after treatment). Once every 7-10 days 1:500 N/A
Drinking water prophylactic. Necessary where total pathological count exceeds normal or acceptable levels 1:2,000 to
Livestock pens (ostrich, poultry) Drench/spray areas and all other contact points (fences, gates etc), at 2-4 litres/m3 prior to re-use 1:500 N/A
Hatchery disinfection, incubators, handling equipment etc.
Spray and scrub
1:500 5 mins
Ostrich eggs : wash and scrub 1:1,250 N/A
Abattoirs, food processing factories
A complete disinfectant: wash/scrub/spray
1:1,000 5 mins
Dairies milking equipment. Udder and teat wash (wherever single chain QAC's were previously used). No flushing required. 1:1,250 5 mins
Foot rot. As prescribed 1:1,000 5 mins


General Disinfection Dilution Wet contact time
Abattoirs, food factories, meat processors, fish processors, vegetable processors, schools, hospitals, veterinary surgeries, hotels (kitchens) restaurants, health clubs, ablution blocks, water tanks, general household (skin abrasions, warts, fungal dermatitis). General disinfectant and pathogen control. Dependant on contamination levels 1:500 /

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