Steve Tvedten's "The Bug Stops Here"
INTELLIGENT CONTROLS FOR MOLDS - FUNGI
Mold is one type of fungi which include yeasts, mildews and molds. All fungi require external food sources and normally high moisture levels to develop. Allergies can cost up to $2 billion yearly in medical costs, prescriptions and decreased productivity - up to 10 million work days are missed each year and every day allergies keep 10,000 kids out of school!
The number of allergy sufferers has soared in the last 20 years as more and more contaminants fill the air, water and food. High levels of mold and/or fungi, e.g., Aspergillus versicolor can create many health problems, especially if a person has allergies; symptoms can be itching, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, a sore throat, runny nose, headaches, congestion, and even life-threatening collapse from anaphylaxis. Stachybotrys chartarum (or atra) is a greenish-black mold that can grow on high cellulose mateirals with low nitrogen content. It needs constant high moisture to survive. This mold can congestion, fever and eye irritation. cause nasal
Sometimes volatile organic compounds (VOC's) are created and residents can really get sick. At every school where we have had them mist the area and clean the ducts with diluted Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint at 1 oz. per quart and mop with and clean all surfaces and ducts with 1 oz. per gallon and/or rinse-and-vac with 2 oz. per gallon, we have controlled the allergy symptoms for at least 30 days with only Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint. Routine cleaning with Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint and/or borax or baking soda should quickly control or eliminate any and all fungi and mold problems, especially if you repair all leaking roofs, walls, plumbing and other moisture problems.
Dry out basements and bathrooms/showers - prime breeding areas for fungal spores. Don't use humidifiers, or if you must, only use them with 1/3 oz. of diluted enzyme cleaner per gallon of water. Properly install and maintain dehumidifiers. Circulate air in bathrooms with exhaust fans. Install and maintain (activated charcoal) filters in all ducts in central air conditioning and heating systems. Treat all wet wood and/or cellulose materials you want to save with TIM-BOR® per label directions and mop all floors, etc. with Mop-Up® per label directions or, if you do not have access to these products, use 1½ cups of borax or even 1 cup of baking soda per gallon of hot water; be careful not to put any boron product where it can be ingested. To quickly bring the allergic reactions down , simply mist or spray the room with Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint enzymes and then install the activated charcoal filters on both sides of a box window fan; then turn the fan on and filter the air...or you can buy a high-efficiency air cleaner. Replace the filters as needed. Clean routinely with diluted Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint and/or baking soda or borax.
5% vinegar will kill 82% of all molds.
Sodium borate, borax, salt and lime will kill all mold, but they also may kill plants.
Zinc strips and/or bare copper wires have been used to help control mold.
Baking soda, food-grade DE and diluted enzyme cleaner will all kill mold. After applying you can help by gently brushing or sweeping the molds away.
The proper use of dehumidifiers, vents, fans and/or air conditioners can greatly reduce the amount of mold problems you may have.
As a last resort, use 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water to temporarily control mold.
If you still are having mold, mildew or fungi problems, & read the appropriate chapter in The Best Control© or The Best Control II© on CD-ROM.