It is important to begin with the understanding that it is not important for the average person to know every specific type of mold. Certainly if you have an identified allergy then you should know how to avoid exposure. But overall, if you have mold in your home, it is important to remove the source, kill the mold, and clean the area. Regardless the identified types of mold. It is important that it be properly handled.
For a little background, mold is a fungus. It is “alive” but it cannot be classified as a plant. Mold normally occurs when mold spores that are found in the air are able to find a moisture source. These spores attach themselves to the source and then begin to grow. It is important to note that we inhale mold spores everyday without harm. The problem occurs when the mold begins to grow and the number of spores in the air that we breathe is increased to a detrimental level.Almost all types of mold need dead organic material for survival. The moisture is one factor, but the mold feeds on the dead organic material. This can be everything from wood through any other type of item that is made from dead plants.As a general list of types of mold there are many names. From Penicillium (Yes, where we get Penicillin) through Ulocladium. And a hundred more names in between. This highlights the point that you need not know the specific type. And you certainly are not going to determine the type of mold in your home on your own.You can get a certified mold test from a licensed mold contractor and they can sent the mold sample to a lab to identify it. You then can be tested as to your sensitivity to that specific type of mold. The important thing to remember is that you should abate the mold whether you have a mold allergy to it or not.