Green mold is typically referred to as a species of fungi that can produce greenish-hued spores. It’s important to take note that the spores can also appear blue or black as well. Green mold appears soft and fuzzy to the touch or can appear as a powder-like substance. Like all types of molds, green mold can cause significant health issues if left untreated.
Green mold is typically found growing on food in the home. Common food items to produce mold are citrus fruits, or starch-heavy foods like bread. Green mold can also grow in any areas of the home with moisture, like white and black mold. Common types of green mold are Cladosporium, Aspergillus and Penicillium.
White mold is typically found on paper or wood-based surfaces in the home that have allowed moisture to build up, or on growing plants. Like green and black mold, white mold can cause health risks for humans such as allergy symptoms, headaches, irritations, asthma flare-ups, and respiratory infections.
White mold is often confused with mildew or efflorescence. Efflorescence is a substance created from salt residue that can look similar to white mold. While white mold is not more or less dangerous than other types of molds, it can cause greater risk because it goes unnoticed by many homeowners. Some homeowners won’t realize that the substance is mold until someone in the home is suffering from mold exposure effects. You can identify if a white substance is mold by spraying water on it. If the pieces dissolve, it’s salt build-up. If it stays untouched, it is white mold and should be addressed immediately.
Black mold is the easiest type of mold growth to spot in the home. Since the spots are dark in color, they are easy to notice. However, if left untreated black mold will not disappear on their own. The mold spores will continue to spread and lead to health issues for you and your family. If inhaled, black mold can lead to chronic coughing or sneezing, headaches, throat irritation, toxicity, or other respiratory problems.
Black mold’s scientific name is Stachybotrys and under this term there are many different species that are categorized as black mold as well. This includes Nigrospora, Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Dresclera, Pithomyces, Stemphylium, and Ulocladium.