Molds are commonly found in buildings and homes. They grow in damp or wet places such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Molds grow well on organic materials such as paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, […]
What is Aspergillosis and what causes it?
Aspergillosis is a disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus. Aspergillus is a type of mold present practically everywhere both indoors and outdoors. Spores of Aspergillus are present in the air so most people breathe them in every day. It’s almost impossible to completely avoid breathing in some Aspergillus spores. However, inhaled spores do not normally […]
Brand ‘Signature Ornaments’ Found to Contain Aspergillus Mold
Preparing for the holidays can be an exciting time to share with loved ones. Gathering up old holiday decorations and adding new ones to the collection has been a long standing tradition in many families. This year however, there are a few precautions we urge people to take when purchasing ornaments and other decorations for […]
Aspergillus/Penicillium and Unidentified Spores: What Should You Know?
Indoor air sampling for mould spores may be conducted to help in evaluating the air quality after occupants’ complaints of ill health, to determine the effectiveness of remediation procedures, to assess health hazards or to proactively monitor indoor air quality. Mould spores enter a building from outdoors through: air intakes for the heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system (HVAC), doors […]
Indoor Molds that Produce Known Mycotoxins on Building Materials
This article discusses common indoor molds that produce mycotoxins and the materials on which they are commonly found. The general public thinks that black indoor molds are toxigenic because of the publicity that Stachybotrys chartarum (a.k.a Stachybotrys atra in the old literature), a black mold, received in the recent years. However, the colour of the indoor […]