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10 Mold Facts

10 Mold Facts

10 Mold Facts

Mold is everywhere, we encounter it multiple times a day. But what do you really know about mold? Read further to learn mold facts you should know.

1. There are over 100,000 types of mold in the world.

Overall, there are over 100,000 types of mold that exist. Not every type of mold is dangerous or toxic to humans, in fact there are some we can even eat (see number 5).

2. The most common type of indoor mold is Aspergillus.

Aspergillus is the most common type of indoor mold. Aspergillus isn’t dangerous to humans with healthy, strong immune systems but can be dangerous to those who are immune compromised. In fact, it can lead to a disease called Aspergillosis. 

3. Penicillin comes from mold.

Penicillium mold naturally produces penicillin which is a commonly used antibiotic. Penicillin is commonly used for bacterial infections.

4. Mold can grow anywhere.

Anywhere there is moisture, mold can grow. Mold can grow in your bathrooms, bedrooms, on your food and more.

5. There are types of mold you can eat!

There are mold that we as humans ingest and even enjoy. One of those being blue cheese, a lot of cheeses also contain penicillium candidum which produces the hard shell on soft cheeses.

Pictured here is blue cheese, a type of mold.

6. Mold spores become a problem when they encounter moisture.

Mold spores are everywhere but they don’t become dangerous until they meet moisture. This could be in your home, or in your food.

7. Black mold is actually called Stachybotrys Chartarum.

Black mold is probably the type of mold you hear about most often. It’s scientific name is Stachybotrys Chartarum. Most symptoms of black mold exposure are associated with a respiratory response.

8. Mold can grow as fast 24 to 48 hours.

If you have a flood, pipe burst, etc. in your home, mold can come in as fast as 24-48 hours later. 

9. Painting over mold doesn’t kill it.

Painting over mold is like putting a band aid on a gunshot, it’s a temporary solution. Instead, do a proper cleaning.

10. Reducing humidity indoors decreases mold growth.

If you are having trouble with mold growing in your home, try reducing the humidity in your house by 30%-60%. You can get fans, dehumidifiers, leave doors open, etc. 

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