When most of us hear the word “mold” we immediately frown with thoughts of slimy blotches on walls, musty odors, allergy problems that never seem to fade away and, of course, those handy yellow gloves and bleach based cleaners we turn to whenever we spot it in our homes.
However, unless we keep structures completely void of any form of moisture build-up, mold will continue to invade our homes and wreak havoc if not controlled.
Maybe it’s time we take a closer look at the mysterious fungi that insists on sharing our domain with us. As they say, knowledge is power and perhaps the more we understand mold, the better we can address it when we come face-to-face with it.
So, without further ado, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about mold:
- Mold will develop and flourish anywhere where there is water, high humidity and a cellulose-rich food source such as wood, paper, fabric, wallpaper glue and other common household materials.
- Sunlight is not necessary in order for mold to grow.
- Mold spreads via tiny particles called “spores,” which can cause allergic reactions (sinus congestion, eye irritation, sore throat, etc) in those sensitive to it.
- You cannot completely eliminate mold spores in your home, but you CAN prevent mold growth by controlling humidity, keeping areas free of excess moisture, etc.
- “Mycotoxins” are released into the air by mold spores, which are then inhaled or absorbed through the skin, sometimes leading to toxic reactions when exposure is high enough.
- Stachybotrys – which is the form of fungi known as “black mold” or “toxic black mold” – is least likely to become airborne, surprisingly uncommon and typically only present in buildings that have suffered from severe flood or water damage.
- To minimize the chances of mold, it’s recommended that you avoid carpeting kitchens, bathrooms, basements or any other areas prone to moisture.
- Mold is present almost everywhere and is a part of the natural decay process of organic materials.
- The well-known antibiotic, Penicillian is actually derived from Penicillium fungi.
- Mold was actually the cause of the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840’s, which claimed the lives of millions and sparked the immigration of 2 million others.
There you have it, folks!
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