Molds are found all year round, but peak in spring and fall.  They are found in damp places, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Gardens
  • Grass
  • Soil
  • Rotting wood
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen/food storage areas
  • Attics
  • Refrigerators
  • Garbage
  • Carpets
  • Upholstery
How to avoid mold:
  • Low humidity: <50% (approximately 40% is optimal)
  • No carpeting
  • Good ventilation (is. use fan in bathroom, kitchen)
  • If available, you can use HRV (heat recovery ventilation)
  • Limit plants in the home, avoid having plants in bedrooms
How to clean visible mold:
  • For washable surfaces - wash with household detergent (ie Mr. Clean) and dry thoroughly
**** NOTE: Inhalant mold is different from molds in cheese, breads, mushrooms etc, therefore you do not need to avoid these foods.

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