AquaVet Urgent Update: Hurricane and Flooding Recovery

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Water is one of our most precious commodities, and it requires good management practices and special care when affected by flooding.

Here are some helpful tips for those of you who have dealers and pond customers affected by these storms.

Rule #1. Be Safe

Personal safety should be the top priority. During a flood, on-site owners and families should be careful of: electrocution from downed power lines, carbon monoxide from gas breaks, structural instability of buildings and infrastructure, hazardous material spills, floating debris, and waterborne pathogens.

Make sure electricity sources are inspected and that aerators and fountains are working properly. Drain galleys and wells using sump pumps to allow critical components to dry out and allow for visual inspection before attempting to restart.

Before a start-up can happen ensure that power is secured, check pumps, and examine for structural damage. Start up and inspect each piece of equipment one at a time to avoid overloading another system.

Only once your equipment has been inspected and cleared should it be re-deployed.

Flooding-1When your family is safe and infrastructure has been thoroughly checked attention can be turned to rehabilitating affected ponds and lakes.

First, attempt to limit as much inflow to ponds or lakes as possible to prevent further contamination, then consider treatment to repair any damage already in place.

AquaVet treatment options that can help recovery

Bacteria and mosquito larvae are plentiful post flood and flourish with warm temperatures. Fortunately, they are also vulnerable to copper rich environments.

AquaVet Algae Control products offer a unique copper technology that keeps copper suspended in a solution to control algae and other single cell organisms. This can be very helpful in the elimination of bacteria and mosquitoes and is safe for use in livestock drinking water tanks.

Relying on native microorganisms to recover sufficiently after a flood event can take weeks or months to achieve full recovery. Commercial
bio-augmentation products, like AquaVet Bio Lake Cleaner, can provide a high concentration of diversified microbes that can rapidly accelerate water cleanup.


FloodingConsider documenting as much of the inflow of materials into your pond/lake as well as the steps taken to recover the body of water as possible.

This type of documentation will be invaluable when it comes time to work with insurance companies, FEMA, EPA and state level environmental regulators. Use this documentation to help develop preparedness and response plans for future events.

Financial Help

EPA Federal Assistance Funding Opportunities

Additional Help

Please contact the following individuals directly for questions on pond or lake water clean up:

Joe Schneider


Mike Gallagher



SEA7 Technologies, Inc.


Sea 7 Technologies, Inc. is a leader in freshwater management and biological solutions. Together with our Durvet customers, partners and the farm retail community, we improve water aesthetics and healthy performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the US leader in providing aquatic retail tools, formulation of exclusive prevention methods, and enzyme & microbial technologies our innovation enables better understanding of pond and lake management for farms, potable, recreational, golf course irrigation, fishing and livestock drinking water, ponds and tanks.

Trade Shows In Motion

Tradeshow Highlights 2017 (2)As Fall trade show season is in full swing, we wanted to take a look back to reflect on some of our main takeaways and reasons why these long days are worth it.

Whether you’ve been an attendee at a trade show, been a host of a trade show or participated as a vendor, we hope you agree that trade shows are beneficial and worth the time and effort we all put into them. Continue reading “Trade Shows In Motion”

Gardening in the Midwest: Beetles, Deer and Groundhogs, Oh My!

Gardening in the Midwest always presents a challenge.

Unpredictable is the best way to describe our rainfall and temperature patterns, with records highs and lows often being the norm.

Factor in some common pests like ants and squirrels and you’ve got your hands full. Over the years, these challenges have been easily overcome by Bobby Bowers, Durvet Warehouse Manager and avid gardener.

Mother Nature decided to kick things up a notch this year and sling a few curveballs at Bobby – some of which had fur and large teeth! Continue reading “Gardening in the Midwest: Beetles, Deer and Groundhogs, Oh My!”

Happy Tails and Trails: Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

What could be better than getting to travel with your furry friend?

For your next getaway or long weekend you should consider exploring the outdoors and camping at a state park that allows dogs.

Arkansas mapMy first camping experience where I was able to bring my dog along was to Devil’s Den State Park in West Fork, Arkansas.

I packed up my car with camping necessities and drove the 4 hours from Kansas City to West Fork, AR for the unforgettable experience.

Devil’s Den State Park is an Arkansas icon known for its historic landmarks and spectacular views which you can take in from hiking trails, bike riding, canoeing and much more.

While there are many activities to pick from, I decided to hike a couple of the numerous trails offered throughout the park. The two I hiked during my stay there was the Yellow Rock Trail and the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail. Continue reading “Happy Tails and Trails: Tips for Hiking with Your Dog”

Pond-er This: What You Need to Know About Owning and Managing a Pond

FullSizeRender (4)By Joe Schneider (Owner of Sea 7) and Mike Gallagher (Durvet Aquatic Management Specialist)

Owning or managing a pond or lake can be really fun or really frustrating.

Most private pond and lake owners’ experiences probably fall somewhere in between. There can be problems associated with every aspect of a pond, even deciding what to call it…is it a “pond” or a “lake”?

Let’s clarify this first. There is no absolute definition between the two. The one used most often is the “5-acre rule”: Ponds are less than 5 acres while lakes are more than 5 acres. Since most ponds across the country are less than an acre, we will use the term “pond” for the sake of this blog post.

While ALL ponds are NOT created equal, there are some very common issues that can affect them. Continue reading “Pond-er This: What You Need to Know About Owning and Managing a Pond”

Durvet and The Greatest Show on Earth

Post written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

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When you read “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the title, I wasn’t referring to the circus.

I was talking about the largest agriculture show of its kind in the world, the World Ag Expo, held every February in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Each year this show attracts over 100,000 attendees from over 50 countries. Beginning in 1967 as a local farm and equipment show, the World Ag Expo is now home to over 2.6 million (yes…TWO POINT SIX MILLION) square feet of exhibits. With over 1500 exhibits to see, it’s impossible to see everything available in the three days the expo is going on. Continue reading “Durvet and The Greatest Show on Earth”

Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

I’m a true believer of the four seasons in weather. There’s an old saying we’ve all heard before:

“If you don’t like the weather currently, stay around a few hours because it will change.”  

At Durvet, we deal with the change of seasons in our business. The weather, winter or summer, dictates whether we can ship products out of our warehouse to the distributors’ warehouses. Right now, we’re in the extreme part of the year and dealing with colder temperatures.

As I researched information for this post, I tapped into the vast knowledge of Bobby Bowers, Durvet’s Warehouse Manager. A big part of Bobby’s job each and every day is to make the decision to ship out our freight and keep it in good selling condition for our distributors. Continue reading “Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter”