There are over 100,000 species of mold and more than 20,000 are black in color. This is why we don’t identify mold by the color – we identify mold through testing. Just because mold is black does not mean it is toxic. So then, what about toxic mold…

…Stachybotrys Chartarum. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Stachybotrys is a greenish-black toxic mold that grows particularly well in high-cellulose material such as straw, hay, wet leaves, drywall, carpet, wallpaper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. Before drying, Stachybotrys is wet and slightly slimy to touch. The toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55% and needs a constant water source in order to thrive. This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the “sick building syndrome” and a multitude of “building-related illnesses”.

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