Everyone hears about the horrors of black mold as one of the most toxic forms of mold, and while there is truth to this, there is also a certain amount of glancing over the details of why black mold is so toxic. Generalizing the anatomy of black mold also leaves out the wide variety of other types of mold that are just as dangerous. In any case of mold infestation, contacting a professional like ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal in Boulder, CO is the best way to eliminate mold in your home or business for the long term.
The gravity of a mold infestation can only truly be realized with an understanding of why mold is so toxic and how prevalent “black mold levels” of toxicity actually are within the world of mold.
Why is mold toxic?
Because most types of mold and fungi are aerobic, they take in oxygen to function, which, along with organic matter and moisture, is consumed metabolically. In return, mold produces toxic substances called mycotoxins. The larger the mold colony and the better the conditions for the consumption of oxygen, organic matter, and water, the greater the quantities of mycotoxins produced.
Black mold produces a highly toxic group of mycotoxins called Trichothecene Mycotoxins. However, these mycotoxins make up a very large group of toxins that can be produced by many different species of mold, including Fusarium, Myrothecium, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma, Trichothecium, Verticimonosporium, and Cephalosporium.
To put this in perspective, “black mold” is a general term for the 50 species of Stachybotrys. The six other genuses of Trichothecene Mycotoxin-producing molds have an even greater number of different species.
What do mycotoxins do?
Ok, so there are a lot of different molds that produce Trichothecene Mycotoxins, but why should business owners and homeowners take immediate action when a mold infestation begins to colonize?
The bottom line is that this particular brand of mycotoxin is extremely harmful to human health. When these mycotoxins come into contact with animal cells, they react with the ribosomes, inhibiting the synthesis of proteins at the cellular level. Because protein synthesis is vital for all cellular function, exposure to these mycotoxins can lead to a wide range of health problems, from allergic symptoms to lung cancer.
If you see signs of mold growth in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 for immediate mold removal in Boulder, CO.