Widespread misinformation is abroad that has led many people to believe that “black mold” is a particularly toxic type of mold. Some also have been led to believe that “black mold” is the only type of mold that is truly toxic. The name derives from the appearance of Stachybotrys chartarum, which is a greenish-black form of mold. In point of fact, however, there is no such thing as “toxic black mold.”
According to Atlantic Environmental, “The term “Toxic Black Mold” has absolutely no scientific validation. It is a term made up by the media. Unfortunately, much like a video that goes viral, the term has resonated with both private companies that use it to exemplify potential dangers, and public officials who seek to regulate the industry.” [https://www.atlenv.com/toxic-black-mold-the-deadly-myth/.]
All mold should be treated the same – as a potential toxin that can have harmful physical and mental effects on people (especially children) and pets. Stachybotrys chartarum grows on materials with a high cellulose content and a low nitrogen content. Stachybotrys grows on paper and hides in dust and lint. It may be found on fiberboard, drywall, sheet rock, and gypsum board, which are used in home construction. Yet this mold does not discriminate and will grow anywhere that the conditions are right.
The ideal conditions for the growth of this and other types of mold include moisture from large amounts of humidity and/or water damage. Other conditions may include condensation, water infiltration, or excessive water intrusion or flooding. Stachybotrys atra requires constant moisture for its growth.
For the most part, for most people, the color of the mold is irrelevant. It is primarily specialists and scientists who need to differentiate one mold from another. The thing to remember is that all molds can harm you and your family.
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