Mold of the Month: Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys (black mold) a type of fungus commonly found in damp, dark areas where there is little air circulation. This mold is also known as black mold due to its dark appearance, and can pose serious health risks if left untreated.

Stachybotrys is typically found in homes and buildings with high levels of moisture, often caused by leaky roofs, plumbing issues, or poor ventilation. Areas in your home that are particularly prone to Stachybotrys growth include basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and areas around air conditioning units.

The harmful effects of Stachybotrys mold can be attributed mycotoxins it produces. These toxins can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and even neurological symptoms. For this reason, it is extremely important to get rid of Stachybotrys as soon as possible to ensure a healthy living environment for you and your family.

Identifying Stachybotrys can be tricky as it appears as black mold on the outside, but requires a laboratory test to confirm its presence. The best way to avoid it all together is to keep your home dry and avoid conditions that encourage it’s growth.

If you do have any evidence or worries that your home may contain stachybotrys or any other types of mold, please contact MY Environmental Consulting today for a consultation. Attempting to remove mold yourself can not only be ineffective, but also dangerous, particularly when the mold is disturbed and releases spores into the air.

Once removed, you should take steps to improve your home’s ventilation and reduce moisture levels in the affected areas. This may include installing a dehumidifier, or improving your homes air flow by opening windows and doors or adding exhaust fans to areas like the bathroom or kitchen.

A home with high spore counts of Stachybotrys (Black Mold)

In summary, Stachybotrys (Black Mold) is a potentially harmful type of black mold that can pose significant risks to your health. Take steps to prevent its growth in your home so that you and your loved ones can remain breathing clean air. If you do find evidence of a Stachybotrys mold or any other type of mold, please contact our team at MY Environmental Consulting for a consultation today!