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 Common Outdoor Molds
 
     
  Cladosporium and Alternaria are two of the most common outdoor molds. Cladosporium is the most common outdoor mold, world-wide.  Where ever you live, the dominant species of mold in outdoor air is likely Cladosporium. The exceptions may be Hawaii and Florida where Aspergillus and Penicillium types may predominate.  
     
  Generally, there are always a few spores of Cladosporium floating around in the air in your home. This doesnít mean itís ok to have Cladosporium mold growth indoors. Cladosporium, as it is isolated outside is probably not toxic. If Cladosporium is growing indoors there are likely other potentially toxic molds growing indoors as well and the Cladosporium itself may produce toxins.  
     
  Cladosporium is allergenic and is capable of producing toxins. It is commonly found in attics, in crawl spaces on sub flooring, and around skylights and windows where condensation has occurred. Cladosporium is usually black with age but can other colors.  
     
  Alternaria may be found growing on the dust around window sills and skylights due to condensation. It is usually black in color. Cladosporium and Alternaria are some one of the biggest mold spores in size relative to other molds, settle quickly in the dust, and may not always be airborne. They are common allergens.  
     
  Because Alternaria, Cladosporium, Stachybotrys, and many other molds can be black, you canít tell just by the color what type of mold is present. You may be able to make an educated guess that black mold on drywall is Stachybotrys and there is a high probability that Cladosporium or Alternaria are what is growing on the dust under the window sill.  
     
 
 
 
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