We have many posts discussing mold and what to do about it. We have mentioned a few times how mold comes from something called “spores.” But what are spores exactly? Where do they come from? And how can you deal with them? All the information you need to know will be in today’s post, so just keep reading to find out!

What is a spore?

Merriam-Webster defines a spore as “a primitive usually unicellular often environmentally resistant dormant or reproductive body produced by plants, fungi, and some microorganisms and capable of development into a new individual either directly or after fusion with another spore.”

In essence, a spore is a small “creature” that is capable of making more of itself when the conditions are correct. Sometimes those conditions require finding another spore, sometimes the process can begin independently. But either way, a spore has one main purpose: to reproduce itself and spread.

Where are spores?

Spoiler alert: spores are absolutely everywhere! Indoors, outdoors. In the air, on the ground, on your pets, on your shoes. Because of their microscopic size, they can catch a breeze and float anywhere. Wherever they land, they will begin to multiply if they are within the right conditions. The right amount of moisture, temperature, and nutrients- something for the spores to feed on as they attempt to grow- will all get things going.

What’s the problem with spores?

Of course, mold spores exist to create more mold wherever they land. Since mold in the home is undesirable, this is problem number one. But mold spores can also create issues when they are inhaled by humans. They’re tiny and irritating, like pollen, and can trigger similar allergic reactions. The symptoms of mold and spore exposure, especially in sensitive individuals, can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Asthma attacks

What can be done?

Unfortunately, mold spores are a part of nature and a part of life. They are impossible to entirely eliminate once and for all. The easiest way to stay ahead of mold, and mold spores, is to eliminate the conditions that cause them to propagate. Even if you can’t erase the spores, you can keep them from turning into a mold infestation!

Eliminating mold is only the first step- the second is to create conditions that don’t continue to encourage spores to grow all over again. At the Flood Medix, we can help you with both things! Effectively treating mold is a multi-step process, and we will be able to guide you every step of the way.