Because these two mold genus are often indistinguishable from each other they are always grouped together for identification purposes. There is around 200 species associated with this genus.
This mold often is associated with a musty odor. This mold can appear as a green fuzzy growth, but it also can appear as shades of blue, white, and several shades of green, or black.
WHERE IS ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLIUM FOUND:
Soil, Decaying plant debris, compost piles, stored grain,& fruit rot, etc.
Widespread, commonly found in dusty homes, water damaged buildings, gypsum board, wallpaper and wallpaper glue, decaying or old fabrics, chipboard, behind paint, leather, dried flowers or fruit, and certain foods.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLIUM:
This is a very common allergen.
Type I Allergies including hay fever and asthma symptoms.
Type III including Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Malt worker's lung, Compost Lung, and many more.
POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUES:
Respiratory, ear, and corneal diseases including chronic sinus issues and lesions, "Swimmer's ear" symptoms, and others. These mold species and mycotoxins associated with them are very concerning for immunosuppressed individuals.
POTENTIAL TOXIN PRODUCTION:
Partial List: A.flavus; Aflatoxin B1 & B2, Orchratoxin
The CIA, The British Mycology Society, and United Nations has listed Aflatoxin that was harvested from
Aspergillus as being tested and used in biological warfare.
References: CDC,DaaneLabs, EMLAB, CIA
Because it was unnoticed the mold had a chance to flourish. Although mold growth was visible on the walls, an air sample was preformed to determine how it was affecting the air quality within the room, ultimately justifying
the need for professional mold remediation.
We arrived on site at a clients home. The home had been vacant for a couple of weeks. Upon returning they discovered there had been a leak from a crack in the toilet tank. Here is what it looked like...
The independent laboratory results confirmed a substantial infestation of Aspergillus/Penicillium.
It is important to notice that the mold appears black, but in this case it was not Stachybotrys.
However, this is still a species of mold that has mycotoxins associated with it, and therefore is considered a toxic mold.
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