This mold genus is found in water damaged homes and in homes that maintain high levels of humidity for weeks at a time.
This mold is often associated with "Sick Building Syndrome" and "Damp Building-Related illnesses" (DBRI) also known or referred to as "Damp Building Related" syndrome.
The important thing to remember about this type of mold genus is, even though Stachybotrys is labeled the "Toxic Black Mold" it actually can appear dark green or black in color and has a slimy texture most of the time.
WHERE IS STACHYBOTRYS FOUND:
Soil, decaying plants, decomposing cellulose, leaf litter, seeds, manure piles.
Wet building materials containing cellulose such as wallboard, wicker, straw baskets, wall paper, jute, etc.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF STACHYBOTRYS:
Type I Allergies reported
POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUES:
Multiple health issues are related with prolonged exposure to the mycotoxins associated with this mold genus.
Those individuals who are immune compromised may experience greater issues then those with a healthy immune system.
POTENTIAL TOXIN PRODUCTION:
Partial List: Trichothecenes, Verucarin J, Stachybotryolactone.
NOT SO FUN FACT:
The Trichothecence mycotoxin associated with this mold genus has been used in biological weapons. The only difference between the mycotoxins used in biological weapons and the mycotoxins found in homes infested with Stachybotrys is the concentration levels.
This was the hidden Stachybotrys colony under the cabinet. Upon further inspection it affected a total of 12 LF of cabinetry and wallboard.
While Stachybotrys does normally appear as a slimy texture, we have also seen colonies that have a "velvet" look to them like this example.
Remember this picture? These small areas that looked like coffee grounds from a distance was all the visible evidence of a larger hidden colony.
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