Stachybotrys chartarum (or the synonym Stachybotrys atra) is more commonly known as black mold. People often assume that this fungi would simply be black in color, but it starts with a shade of yellow and grows into a slimy, greenish substance. This fungus can virtually grow on any material with high cellulose and low nitrogen. This includes fiberboard (a dense wood product), gypsum board (drywall or plasterboard), paper, dust, and lint. The growth of this mold requires continual moisture and it is usually initiated by some sort of incident such as water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, water damage, too much humidity, or flooding.
There is an excessive amount of black mold health risks that black mold can cause. This fungus is toxic, deadly, and extremely serious. Some of the black mold symptoms of this toxicity include lesser issues such as allergies, but lengthy exposure will cause very serious medical problems like organ damage, vascular damage, and death. There are symptoms to look for if someone has been exposed to tachybotrys atra. A person might have difficulty breathing and experience headaches. Other things to look for are coughing, nausea, memory loss, asthma, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections. Additionally, this mold is responsible for over 100 types of lung conditions and can even cause infertility. Unfortunately, it can also cause respiratory bleeding that can be fatal for babies.
Taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid stachybotrys chartarum . Controlling the humidity in your home and ensuring proper ventilation are two key components to assist with avoiding the growth of this dangerous fungus. Detection can be handled with a do-it-yourself kit available at any hardware store or professionals companies can be hired to do a complete inspection. There are several options available for removal. However, it is very important to take measures not to come into physical contact with the mold by using masks and gloves. Bleach is one of the most common substances used to clear up black mold and certain paints can also help with removal. A professional company should be hired for extreme cases.