Here are the Top Dangers of Black Mold You Need to Know

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Mold is a common problem for property owners in the state of Florida, with its warm, humid climate which is perfect for mold development. Organic structural materials and household items, coupled with moisture, nourish and encourage mold growth indoors.

When any member of your household is suffering from chronic allergies or frequent asthma attacks, it may be due to the presence of mold. Learn about mold and its health risks, especially black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum), from our team at ServiceMaster by Wright.

In this article, we will discuss the following topics:

What is Mold?

Let’s learn about this common household issue and why it happens!

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Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes


This image depicts a plate culture with a colony of the fungus Acremonium falciforme.
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Trichoderma Colony in Nature


Aspergillus on Tomato
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Aureobasidium Microscope View


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What is Black Mold?

Most molds are black, and there is no specific type of mold called ‘black mold.’ Stachybotrys chartarum, a variety of microfungi, is regularly referred to as toxic black mold. This black mold is also associated with ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ or SBS. It is a medical condition where people in a particular property suffer from symptoms of illness for no apparent cause.

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A study by Hodgson et al. (1998) presented an evaluation of 14 individuals experiencing general discomfort, with six individuals identified to be suffering from respiratory illnesses, for two years since their initial occupation of a building. S. chartarum, A. versicolor, and Penicillium species contaminated moisture-damaged interior areas, with bulk samples revealing a large quantity of Stachybotrys. This study depicts the human body’s response to mycotoxin exposure indoors.

Dangers of Black Mold

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In 1997, it was reported that several babies in Cleveland, Ohio became ill, and some passed away from bleeding in the lungs from subsequent exposure to remarkably high levels of the Stachybotrus atra mold.

In 2007, the journal Veterinary Forum published an article reporting that two cats had died in what was believed to be the first-ever documented case of black mold poisoning in pets. The cats are from a water-damaged house in Florida. Blood tests confirmed the presence of satratoxin G, a toxin produced by the toxic black mold, and severe mold contamination was found in the house.

A variety of health problems can develop, that is why diligent steps should be taken in advance at the very first signs of mold infestation in your property. Whenever you take notice of discoloration in your home decors or suspect weird building or property odors, take immediate steps to contact a professional mold inspector.

How to Control Moisture

To prevent mold growth, it is necessary to control moisture.

How to Minimize Mold Spores

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If you observe musty odors, black spots on damp areas, discoloration on walls, or water stains on ceilings, do not feel helpless. ServiceMaster by Wright is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (239) 431-9947. You may also connect with us online to schedule an appointment.

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