What is Aspergillus Mold and How to Protect Yourself

Aspergillus is a group of fungus containing over 160 different species including black mold. Definition of fungus according to Wikipedia is any of a group of unicellular, multicellular, or syncytial spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds, yeast, and mushrooms. Aspergillus fungus is known to grow on bread & vegetables that have rotten or plants & trees that have water-soaked on them. However, aspergillus mold can also grow inside homes & in areas such as the attic, basement, behind baseboards, roof, etc. Go here to learn about common places where mold growth can occur. Aspergillus fungus can cause human diseases and has common mold symptoms & allergies such as Asthma, Nausea, Diarrhea, Fatigue, etc. Aspergillus Mold can cause a very serious disease known as Aspergillosis. Aspergillosis is known to weaken a human’s immune system posing a serious threat to well being & good health. Aspergillosis infections can affect any part of the body but the biggest threat is to lungs & sinuses. As an example, Aspergillus fumigatus grows within the cavities of the lungs & can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, chest pain & feeling of no energy. The image on the right is of Corn that has decaying aspergillus mold growing on it; as you can see, the mold is decaying the entire corn. Doesn’t it look nasty!?

To protect yourself from mold, get rid of any decaying organic materials in your home. Examples of decaying organic materials include dead plants & waste, wood soaked with water, leaves, stems, branches, moss, algae, etc. These contain carbon compounds & can typically be found in your garden or backyard. While removing decaying material, be sure to wear goggles, protective gloves & a mask. If you are seriously allergic to the mold of any kind, we recommend getting a professional mold removal company to do the job for you. The health implications of black mold are just too high, read about mold poisoning here.

  • Most fungi rely on moisture to live & thrive. Therefore it is important to repair any leaks in your home including the roof, shower leaks, bathroom leaks, etc. Also, make sure excess water does not enter into your attic or basement as over moisturization in these areas commonly leads to mold development.
  • Use dehumidifiers & exhaust fans to remove excess moisture from your home & reduce chances of fungus growth. Exhaust fans remove odor, smoke & moisture from rooms in your home thus making an important part of a heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems. Exhaust fans control humidity in a particular area ensuring it doesn’t get too wet or damp by pulling excess moisture from the surfaces. A good exhaust fan is the NuTone Ultra-Silent 110 CFM Humidity-Sensing Exhaust Fan that retails for $225 in change at the Home Depot. Read our article on practical tips to remove black mold to learn more about this air purifier.
  • Take steps to remove the aspergillus mold from your home. Read our article on how to clean a mold problem in your home to learn tips you could use.

Basic video informing you of what Aspergillus fungus is, the various kinds & how they can be spread in the environment including in soils, plants, and in decaying plant matter. It can also be found in household dust, building materials & food. The video talks about Invasive Aspergillosis which is a disease that affects people with immune system problems where the fungus invades & damages tissues in the body. A less serious version of Aspergillosis causes respiratory problems including wheezing & coughing, however, it does not damage the respiratory tract of the body.