For most people, the first thing that comes to their mind when they spot mold is how to get rid of it, and understandably so. Mold is harmful to human beings as it may trigger a wide range of adverse health conditions. However, at the end of the day, mold remains a part of our ecosystem; it plays a certain role and is also unique. Here, we discuss some interesting facts about mold.

1. Pablo Escobar Lost $2.1 Billion Every Year to Mold and Rats

It is reported that the former drug lord Pablo Escobar lost at least $2.1 Billion every year to rats and mold. He had so much money that he ran out of ways of storing it.

2. Cinnamon Can Prevent Mold

Cinnamon is rich in cinnamaldehyde, a potent fungicide that can inhibit mold growth. This is why bread and other baked goods containing cinnamon are more resistant to mold growth. It is a viable option for preventing mold from growing in residential or public spaces.

3. There is a Type of Mold that Feeds on Radiation

Scientists have discovered a type of mold at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that feeds on radiation. It was found in 1991, and it’s referred to as Cryptococcus neoformans. Scientists say the organism can help keep astronauts and space workers safe.

4. Citric Acid is Made from Mold

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In the past, citric acid was mainly made from lemon juice. However, today, at least 99% of citric acid manufactured worldwide is made from a strain of black mold called Aspergillus niger.

5. Toilet Paper Can Get Mold

It is a common assumption that bathroom mold only grows behind the toilet, sink, or shower curtains. It turns out mold can grow in the least expected areas, including on toilet paper, especially when stored in a damp area. This is why consumers are advised against stocking too much toilet paper.

6. Mold in Houses Can Cause Headaches

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Mold exposure is mainly known for causing respiratory issues and allergic reactions. But did you know that living in a house with mold can trigger never-ending headaches? A mold headache is characterized by dull pain around the head and face, specifically the forehead and the bridge between the nose. Usually, a mold headache will be accompanied by other signs such as dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, and lung irritation.

7. Mold is One of the Ingredients Used to Make Soy Sauce

There is a particular type of mold, Aspergillus Oryzae, which is one of the key ingredients used to make soy sauce. It is often added to soybeans and roasted grain. This further shows that mold is not entirely unwanted in the ecosystem.

8. Mold in Toilets Can Be a Sign of Diabetes

Scientists have developed a theory linking frequent mold in toilets to diabetes. A person with diabetes produces urine with high glucose levels, which is food for molds. Therefore, regular mold growth in the bathroom might indicate that someone has untreated or unmanaged diabetes.

9. Mold Grows Quickly, and It’s Very Good at Hiding

Under the right conditions, mold can grow in less than 48 hours. However, despite its fast growth rate, mold can remain inconspicuous for a long time; it often grows in hidden areas such as behind walls, within insulation, or in an HVAC system. It explains why it is sometimes challenging to eliminate them.

10. Christmas Trees Can Carry Up To 50 Types of Mold

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, Christmas trees can carry up to 50 types of mold. In fact, there is a condition called Christmas Tree Syndrome which can be caused by mold, dust, and pollen. It is characterized by symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and watery, sore, or itchy eyes. As such, homeowners should practice cleaning Christmas trees with water and vinegar before bringing them inside.

11. Mold Destroys More Wood than Termites, Fire, and Floods Combined

Every year, mold destroys more wood than floods, fires, and termites combined.

12. Mold is Harmful to Everyone

There is a common misconception that mold only affects kids and people with weakened immune systems, but that is false. Mold can affect anyone – it doesn’t matter whether they have weak immunity or are allergic to dust or pollen. Long-term mold exposure will lead to severe issues irrespective of their health status.

13. Mold Doesn’t Need Light to Grow

Mold infestations aren’t always obvious because they don’t need light to grow. Unlike other organisms, light from the sun can kill mold instead of helping it thrive. This explains why mold thrives in dark places.

14. Mold Can Pass Through Air Filters

Mold particles are so small that they can pass through air filters. The mesh in regular air filters is not small enough to prevent mold passage. However, mold can not pass through HEPA filters. Therefore, the latter is considered the safest solution when working on mold.

15. Mold Can Trigger Eczema

Scientists have found that mold triggers respiratory issues like sneezing, coughing, eczema, and inflammation related to dermatitis. There have been numerous reports of mold-triggering eczema flares in the past. Therefore, people with sensitive skin are advised to avoid contact with mold.

16. Mold Doesn’t Grow on Fast Food

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Have you noticed mold never grows on fast food, as with natural food? Fast foods like fries and burgers have low moisture content and are rich in salt. As a result, mold can’t thrive in such conditions. Fast foods will age and become desiccated without forming mold.

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Last Update: March 7, 2024