Facts About Mold
-Mold has existed since ancient times.
-The human species has always lived in the presence of mold.
-There are over 100,000+ species of mold identified. The unique flavor of bleu cheese is produced by mold.
-We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives. Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles.
-Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful to health.
-While the types and concentrations of fungi existing in the environment vary from one geographic region to another, the most common types are as follows: Aspergillus (most common), alternaria, bipolaris, Chaetomium, fusarium, penicillin, and paecilomyes.
Mold Needs the Right Environment to Grow
- Water, moisture or high humidity
- Food (any organic substance)
- The right temperature (generally 68*F-86*F, but some can grow in 30*F or colder)
- Lack of ventilation
- Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immune-suppressed people.
- Some molds can produce toxins if the environment conditions are right.