Penicillium Aspergillus


Penicillium Aspergillus is one of the more common molds found by Pure Maintenance in Utah homes that have mold issues. The Penicillium Aspergillus column on the Pure Maintenance air quality test reports include different types of similar molds. The spores grow throughout the world and move through the air very easily because of there light weight. Mold that grows on household food items are often identified as penicillium.

When moisture is introduced to any porous surface in a home, the mold can grow very rapidly. Penicillium Aspergillus grows in a variety of colors so it is often hard to identify without the use of a microscope. The picture on the left shows a microscopic view of Penicillium Aspergillus. When extreme growth occurs, the mold forms a velvety texture.

The health effects of Penicillium Aspergillus vary depending on a persons age and tolerance to mold. Infants, elderly and people with weakened immune systems can experience very serious health effects from breathing in the toxic mold spores associated with Penicillium Aspergillus. Middle aged, healthy people should expect allergic type symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and sneezing. Prolonged exposure to Penicillium Aspergillus can also cause pneumonitis.

If your Pure Maintenance air quality test shows an high level of Penicillium Aspergillus, you should consider having Pure Maintenance of Utah treat your home with it’s dry fog mold remediation two part system.