Black Mold vs Toxic Black Mold

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What is Black Mold?

Black mold is just that – black.  Thousands of species of mold have the color of black.  So does the color make it toxic?  No.

Thanks to the news media, the issue of black mold has created panic in almost every person that sees mold that is black.  In this article we will be addressing the true difference between mold that is black, and toxic black mold.

Color is not everything

A certain color of mold doesn’t necessarily mean its toxic.  As stated before, there are thousands of species of mold that are black in color.  Many of which are not harmful.  There are other colors of mold that can be more harmful than the “Toxic Black Mold”.  

So what should you do if you see black mold on your wall?  Do not panic.  Call a professional mold testing company to come in and due further investigation.  Testing is the only way anybody will know whether or not it is toxic.

What is Toxic Black Mold?

Toxic black mold that everyone hears about is typically Stachybotrys Chartarum.  It has a greenish-black gelatinous appearance.  This type of mold produces mycotoxins that are very harmful to humans, hence why it is labeled toxic black mold.

So how can you tell if yours is toxic black mold?  The only true way is to get it tested.  We recommend you calling our Certified Professional Mold Inspector to conduct testing.

What are Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are potentially toxic byproducts from certain species of mold.  Mycotoxins are fungal metabolites that have been identified as toxic agents.  The mycotoxins can cause severe health problems. 

Exposure to mycotoxins can occur from inhalation, digestion, and/or skin contact.  There are more than 200 common molds that produce mycotoxins, and potentially there are hundreds more that have yet to be identified. Many fungi, including species of Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, Trichoderma, and Memnoniella, can produce potent mycotoxins.

Toxic substances (mycotoxins) can enter a human body through inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. The effects of the toxic substance depend on the chemical or the material, the concentration, the route of entry, and the duration of exposure.

Other Toxic Molds

The infamous “Black Mold” is not the only toxic fungi out there.  The media has only focused on black mold, but there are many other molds that can be just as harmful or worse.  These include different colors such as, grey, green and purple.  

The mycotoxins make the mold harmful.  Disturbing and releasing the spores into the air allows the mold to disperse and grow in other areas of the home.  This includes getting into your body.  

Some of the most commonly found toxigenic molds found growing indoors include:

  • Aspergillus species – A. versicolor, A. niger and A. flavus
  • Penicillium species  P. brevicompactum, P. chrysogenum, P. citrinum, P. corylophilum, P. cyclopium, P. expansum. P. fellutanum, P. spinulosum, and P. viridicatum
  • Fusarium species  F. solani, F. oxysporum, F. moniliforme
  • Stachybotrys chartarum – This is the notorious “black mold” that is often referenced in the media

How to identify Black Mold & Toxic Black Mold

The only way to know for sure if you have Stachybotrys chartarum is to get it tested.  Our Certified Professional Mold Inspector will inspect your home or business and conduct proper testing depending based on his findings within your home or office.  We then send the sample(s) into an Accredited Laboratory to have the samples analyzed.  For an additional cost and time, the laboratory can evaluate the samples further to get the exact genius of the fungi and mycotoxins.  You can schedule online Today to have our Mold Inspector help you.



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