Just like with any other type of mold, black mold reproduces by spreading its spores. These spores, just like regular types of mold, are allergenic and spread in various ways. What makes black mold spores different than spores of other types of mold is that they are toxic. Black mold spores are toxic because they carry mycotoxins. These spores cannot be seen by the human eye, but when viewed under a microscope, look like a dandelion with clusters of spores growing at the end of a mold colony.
How Black Mold Spores Spread
When wet and contains moisture, black mold tends to form a wet coating that prevents its spores from becoming airborne and spreading. However, if the moisture were to dry up, then the spores can get airborne. Other causes of the spore spreading with black mold are changes in humidity as well as disturbing the black mold. With this in mind, you should always contact a professional when trying to remove toxic black mold. In addition to spreading the spores, removing black mold is dangerous in general. It is always smart to reach out to someone who is certified in black mold removal. Even if the spores of black mold end up dying by not finding a suitable surface, they are still toxic to humans. This is why Clean Joe urges any and everyone to contact us in case they need black mold removed.
Types Of Mycotoxin From Black Mold Spores
If you are curious as to what types of mycotoxin that are released within the spores of black mold, view the list below.
- Roridin E
- Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
- Sporidesmin G
- Verrucarin J
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