Stachybotrys, one of the most common and recognizable species of mold found in indoor environments, is a greenish-black mold that is often referred to as “black mold” or “toxic mold” due to its appearance and ability to cause severe illness in people who come into contact with it.
Stachybotrys typically grows on materials that have a high cellulose content and low nitrogen content such as fiberboard, gypsum board, drywall, paper, dust and lint.
The primary cause of black mold is moisture—flooding, high humidity, leaks, condensation or some other form of moisture intrusion.
Stachybotrys can produce toxins (called “mycotoxins”), which have been known to be hazardous to human health, especially over long-term exposure.
The following is a list of some symptoms associated with exposure to toxic black mold. It is important to remember that each person will react differently to black mold exposure, depending on their immune system.
Toxic Black Mold Symptoms
- Respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, worsening of asthma symptoms)
- Skin inflammation
- Irritation of the mucous membranes
- Damage to internal organs
- Mental impairment
- Immune system suppression
Because many mold species can be black in colour, the only way to know for sure if the mold you are dealing with is Stachybotrys is to get professional mold testing.
At Mold Busters, we offer a variety of ways to test for mold from surface sampling (tape/swab/bulk) to indoor air quality testing (viable/non-viable). Call Mold Busters to book your mold test!