Jupiter Mold Inspector Testing Mold In Juno and Jupiter

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Below is an article by our Jupiter mold testing specialist. It includes information on the presence of various insect pests as they relate to mold problems. 

Our Jupiter mold inspector once received a call from a potential mold inspection client who feared that she may have hidden mold in her walls. She was concerned about possible hidden mold because a mold inspector told her that the ants observed in her property were a very likely sign of hidden “house mold” and he recommended testing because ants eat mold.

Forget about house ants as a sign of mold

Do not depend on ants to let you know if you have mold in your house. In my home state of Florida as well as in the rest of North America ants are not a sign of mold infestation. Ants are not big consumers of mold on our country.

Ants as a sign of wood decay
Carpenter ants can be a sign of wood decay as they love to live inside hallowed out rotten wood.  Rotten wood may have some wood decay fungi in it, but this is not necessarily a true mold problem, it just constitutes rotten wood.

Ants and termites
Ants may also be a sign of past termite damage, any experienced termite inspector can tell you that ants love to invade termite colonies, eat the termites and live inside their newly vacant colonies. I have seen plenty of termite damaged wood infested with fire ants or other small ants. The termite inspectors will tell you that the ants eat the termites and thus are a good indication that the termites are all gone.

Ants are likely a sign that you have scraps of food or droplets of water in the house that the ants have discovered.

 

Actual leaf cutter ant.

 

What about leaf cutter ants
Some ants eat mold, but these ants are not found in our homes. They do not even live in the United States. These specialized ants (called leaf cutter ants) live in large, underground colonies in the jungles of Central and South America. Furthermore, these ants do not enter people’s houses looking for mold not even in the jungles of Central or South America. They tend to their own private gardens of cut-up leaves covered in fluffy, white mold in underground mold farms. They only consume the mold that they raised in underground farms they build, and they only grow and eat a very few specific species of mold. If there are any ants in Florida that eat house mold, I have never seen one – despite having done home inspections since 1993 and mold inspections since 2003. I have seen lots of homes, lots of mold, lots of ants and never once have seen ants in the vicinity of the mold. Most ants probably don’t like house mold anymore than humans do because of the natural mycotoxins, beta glucans, allergens, and volatile organic compounds mold produces. In fact, it is predators (such as ants, other insects, and microbes) that prompt molds to produce many of the noxious chemicals most house molds produce.

What about spring-tails as a sign of mold?

It is very true that spring-tails are often a sign of mold, in fact I have seen spring-tails in homes several times. These extremely tiny insect like creatures have always been closely associated with serious mold growth problems. I can remember seeing them once in a moldy AC unit in Lake Worth on Lake Worth road, and another time behind baseboards in a moldy guest house in West Palm Beach. I have seen spring tails in the bathroom of a moldy condo or townhouse in West Palm Beach. In a few other

Springtail, many times actual size.

contaminated homes I have found these tiny creatures associated with mold including on the floors of a wet bar sink area in an expensive condo on Key Biscayne. In this Key Biscayne property spring-tails were between the floor boards and the mold was under and between the floor boards.

I have seen spring-tails under the microscope with Chaetomium spores and Pen Asp spores inside their intestine. This is possible because these bugs are almost microscopic in size and they eat mold spores.

I have even raised large tropical spring-tails as food for dart frogs and guess what I fed then, you guessed it (mold).

The problem with spring-tails as a sign of fungal contamination in a building is that they are so tiny that they are almost impossible to see, the 2nd problem is that most home owners, home inspectors, and even mold inspectors have know idea what a spring-tail is or how to identify these super tiny high jumping insect relatives. Thus these creatures would be a great indicator of likely fungal infestation if they were much larger and easier to see and recognize. Because of their small size even these common prolific mold eaters are not the best red flag to look for when identifying mold problems.

Springtails actual size. The local Florida ones are typically white and very hard to see. Often found in forest leaf litter and inside decaying seed pods outside. Found near mold behind base boards, on baseboards, and on walls in moldy homes.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION
Do not rely on hungry ants, nearly microscopic spore eating spring-tails, cheap mold inspectors, petri dishes, or divining rods. Hire a professional certified and licensed mold inspector who utilizes moisture meters, humidity meters, borescopes, air testing, and most importantly common sense, knowledge, and experience  to detect mold problems and who provides professional remediation recommendations.

 

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