Ultra-Microbes

Supercharging Mother Nature

What is the best way to clean up oil spills after they occur? Nature has this down to a science. Wherever there is a natural oil seepage on the earth, nature has placed oil degrading microorganisms (microbes) into that environment. Nature is able to clean up after itself, but it takes time. It’s a slow, natural healing process — nature’s own pollution control. The problem is that mankind now puts far more hydrocarbon pollution into the environment than nature can quickly remove. UltraTech has a 100% natural way of speeding up nature. By adding Ultra-Microbes to a contaminated environment, we can speed up the rate of natural degradation and help the bio-remediation process occur in days and weeks rather than months or years.

 

Where do they come from?
Ultra-Microbes are a consortium of three different types of microbes that are cultivated from rugged environments such as undersea vents or sites where there is volcanic activity. They are then bred and naturally enhanced in sea water and ammonia using sweet Texas crude oil as their only food source. 100% Natural.

The result is 100% natural, hardy and fast-acting Microbes that have an affinity for oil and other hydrocarbons, as well as organic waste. This specific consortium of Microbes (Ultra-Microbes) has not been genetically altered or engineered. These naturally occurring microbes have been on the EPA National Contingency List since its inception.

 

 

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How do they work?
Ultra-Microbes will digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless byproducts of carbon, carbon dioxide and lipids (a natural, soluble fatty material that is food for fish and plants). The more complex the hydrocarbon, the longer this process may take (for example, kerosene and diesel will be consumed more quickly than motor oil). This naturally occurring process is supercharged by adding these specific microbes to any oil spill or contaminated area (see list of known applications in the table below). It infuses as many as 5 billion microbes per gram into an oil spill, greasy catch basin, oil/water separator, etc. and within hours these microbes have reproduced from billions per gram to trillions. With water, oxygen and an organic food source (such as oil) these microbes will form vast colonies and digest and remediate oil on land and on water, as well as grease traps, septic tanks, storm drains and almost any other area where contaminants are present.

What happens to them when they are “done”?
After approximately ninety days or when the microbes have been deprived of water, oxygen, or a food source, the microbe colony will begin to naturally die off.

How are they shipped?
The Ultra-Microbes are shipped dormant in a bentonite-clay based carrier. When the carrier dissolves in water, the microbes become activated and water may become temporarily murky due to the infusion of the clay. This is to be expected.

What else do I need to know?
Ultra-Microbe products should be stored and applied between 40°F and 120°F. Temperatures outside that range may cause the Microbes to become ineffective. Ultra-Microbes should not be exposed to radiation. Ultra-Microbes should only be used in applications where the pH is between 5.5 and 9.5.

MICROBES ARE NOT JUST FOR OIL SPILLS. HERE ARE SOME OTHER KNOWN APPLICATIONS:

  • Waste Water Treatment Plant — Industrial (refineries, pulp mills, chemical
    plants, steel mills, textile plants)
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant — Municipal (collection systems, food processing)
  • Plumbing Maintenance — sinks, grease traps
  • Spill Control
  • Septic Tanks
  • Odor Control
  • Bioremediation — soil, water, stormwater
  • Agriculture/Aquaculture — eliminating ammonia, stormwater
  • Oily Water — oil/water separators, containment sumps,
    lagoons

 


Ultra-Microbes Finish First In BP Report
 
In 2011, Louisiana State University conducted testing at the request of British Petroleum, Ltd. (BP).  The mission was to conduct tests using bioremediation products listed on the USEPA National Contingency Plan Product List (NCPPL) with weathered crude oil deposited on marsh and sands in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana.
 
Of the ten products on the USEPA National Contingency Plan Product List (NCPPL) that were tested, the Formula used to make the Ultra-Microbes finished first. This data clearly suggested that the Ultra-Microbes have the capability to quickly degrade all hydrocarbon products and reduce or eliminate the toxic conditions of an oil spill.


Click here for more information or to download the report. 


 

Ultra-Microbes speed up the rate of natural degradation and help the bio-remediation process occur in days and weeks rather than months or years. Ultra-Microbes will digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless byproducts of carbon, carbon dioxide, and lipids.

ULTRA-MICROBES, SHAKERS

  • Ultra-Microbes are housed in a bentonite clay powder that provides the slightly moist environment needed for them to live.
  • Two sizes of shakers available for application on smaller spills or contained areas.
  • Resealable/water-proof containers keep Microbes dry/dormant until they are needed.

ULTRA-MICROBES, WATER SOLUBLE PACKETS

  • 4 oz. water soluble packets can be thrown into oil/water separators, catch basins, grease traps, and other areas to facilitate oil and grease removal.
  • Small size, big results — no measuring, scooping or spreading. Simply place the entire packet into the area that needs to be cleaned. The water-soluble packet will dissolve and allow the Ultra-Microbes to spread throughout the area.

ULTRA-MICROBES, BULK BAGS

  • Bulk bags (25 lbs.) are available for large spills, open water applications or frequent use areas.
  • Keep on hand for refilling Shakers or other smaller containers or for large, unexpected spills.

ULTRA-MICROBE BOOMS

  • Specially-treated polyethylene foam used in Ultra-Microbe Booms allows it to float on the water’s surface while also absorbing oil.
  • Microbe tablets (6) are inserted into slits in the foam sleeves — extended water contact causes the tablets to slowly dissolve, releasing the Microbes into the water.
  • Booms can be dropped in, or tied off in catch basins (lanyards included), oil/ water separators or other areas where oily water can collect.
  • Dimensions:  6" x 4" x 1" (152mm x 102mm x 25mm).
  • Sold in 6-packs.

 

 

Ultra-Microbes

Part # Description Weight lbs (kg) Where to Buy
5238 6 Ounce Shaker 6 oz (171 g)
5239 28 Ounce Shaker 28 oz (794 g)
5232 Water Soluble Packets 6-Pack 4 oz (113 g)
5233 Bulk Bag 25 lbs (11kg)
5234 Microbe Boom (6-pack) 2.0 (1.0)

More info / Downloads

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Eliminating FOG and Odors In Grease Traps and Lift Stations

Metabolizing Organic Waste and Odors

Sewage and Waste Water Solutions

Wastewater Treatment, Sewage Spills, and Industrial Effluent Contamination

Instructions:  Shakers & Bulk Bags

Instructions:  Packets

Instructions:  Microbe Boom

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bioremediation?
Bioremediation refers to any method that uses microbes to recycle organic materials.

 

What exactly are oil-eating microbes?
Oil-eating microbes are microbes that have been collected from natural water and soil sources around the world. They are selected for their particular affinity for consuming hydrocarbon-based pollutants and are further trained to enhance this hydrocarbon affinity.

 

Are any special requirements required for microbe use or storage?
Microbes only need what most forms of life need: oxygen, water, food (hydrocarbon) and an acceptable temperature (28° - 140°F) and pH (5.5 – 10.0).


What are some of the advantages of the use of microbes?

  • Microbes are completely natural, so they are a “green” solution.
  • Microbes can eliminate the need for absorbent products & their disposal problems/costs.
  • Microbes can be used to clean up spills on water, soil, or hard surfaces and can even be used to remove old stains in asphalt or concrete.
  • A very small volume of microbes is needed compared to the area being treated.


What happens to the microbes after the oil or fuel has been consumed?
The microbes will either die, return to former natural concentration levels, or be eaten by other organisms. The microbes have an effective lifespan of approximately three months.


What are the final by-products after the microbes consume the hydrocarbon?
Carbon dioxide, water, trace carbon, lipids (white fatty acids), and bacterial cells. The lipids are actually a source of food for larger organisms and vegetative life.

 

How rapidly do microbes work?
The microbes begin working immediately, once activated by salt water or fresh water and a food source. Remediation times vary from several hours to several weeks depending on the type and concentration of the hydrocarbon. For example, light fuels floating on water will be gone within a few hours. Heavy crude oil in soil will require several months.

 

Do the microbes have a shelf life?
Yes, microbes that have yet to be activated have a 5-year shelf life.  Once microbes are activated, the microbes will continue to work for up to three months before they begin to die off and need to be replaced.


Is it safe to use microbes?
Yes, the microbe products are 100% environmentally safe, non-toxic, and contain no pathogens. 


Are the microbes dangerous to my health?
No, microbes are found everywhere in the environment and are the original recyclers of organic materials. The average human adult carries approximately 3 lbs. of microbes on and in the body.


What happens if I ingest or inhale the products?
It will taste like mud and could make you sneeze, but it is non-toxic and harmless.


What is the suggested concentration of microbes to water?
How much pollutant in the water or soil will determine how often microbes need to be reapplied and how long it will take for full remediation.  But in most cases, the information below is a good starting point.

For initial application:

-1 lb of Microbes mixed into a 55 Gallon drum of water will cover 200 sq ft of water.
-1 lb of Microbes mixed with 1 gallon of water will treat 1 cubic yard of soil.

Reapply every 2-3 days and monitor progress. If needed, increase amount applied or apply more frequently.

If results are not noticeable within a few days of the first treatment, reapplications can be increased to every day or multiple times per day. 

A sheen of oil on water might take a day or two to clear up. Areas with heavy contamination will take longer to fully remediate, and in the worst cases (contaminated areas that have been untouched for years) could take weeks or months for significant results.

 

 

 

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