Invasive mold is an unsightly and hazardous substance, regardless of the color. However, little do most know that the color of the mold can be revealing of its characteristics. Since some molds are inherently more harmful and menacing than others, it’s important to determine the level of concern you should have for the mold in your building. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the different mold colors and what they mean.
We’ll start with the color that tends to have the worst reputation. There are several species of black mold, but some of the common types include:
- Cladosporium: This is a common form of black mold that grows in poorly ventilated and high-moisture areas. Exposure may cause allergic reactions, nose bleeds, and many other symptoms.
- Aspergillus: This is one of the most prolific molds and one we breathe in quite often. Many species of aspergillus are harmless, but a few variants are linked to chronic and acute diseases, like aspergillosis, which produces fungus in the lungs.
- Stachybotrys: This is known as toxic black mold and produces dangerous mycotoxins, potentially leading to immunosuppression and neurological disorders.
It’s crucial you hire a specialist to remove black mold from your building. However, while some may claim black mold is the worst color you can encounter, that’s not entirely true.
You’re more than likely to encounter this common type of mold. It requires low moisture to thrive and is often spread by spores from nearby rotting organic material. Since there’s a vast range of green molds, it’s almost impossible to determine the family without a mold specialist. Interestingly, cladosporium and aspergillus can also present as green mold, but another form, known as penicillium, contains a strain that is harmful to both people and pets. The penicillium subspecies P. verrucosum produces spores that damage the liver and cause cancer.
Blue and White Mold
You’ll usually find this mold on foods or water-damaged areas. A mold that shares these colors is likely a harmless species of penicillium. While this mold is relatively harmless unless ingested in sizeable quantities, it can trigger respiratory system problems or allergic reactions if the spores are inhaled.
Understanding the different mold colors and what they mean can help you assess your level of health risk. However, no matter the color, a mold problem of any kind should be rectified immediately. At Fiber Control, Inc., we have the expertise to identify the types of mold in your home and the experience to remediate or remove mold and other hazardous materials. If you’ve discovered mold in your establishment, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.