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Facts About Mold

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

-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.

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