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Is Mould a Fungus or a Bacteria?

Fungus and bacteria share many similarities.  

They’re both living organisms that thrive in moist environments and form colonies to grow and spread. Not to mention, they both pose a risk to your health. 

So, what is mould – and is it a fungus or a bacteria?  

Let’s take a look. 

So, Is Mould a Fungus or a Bacteria?  

Mould is a type of fungus, not a bacteria. 

Fungi like mould as known as eukaryotic, meaning they are complex microorganisms with a distinct nucleus.  

Bacteria, on the other hand, are prokaryotic as they don’t have a distinct nucleus and lack internal membranes. They’re smaller, single-cell microorganisms only visible under a microscope. 

What About Pink Mould?  

Pink mould is the exception to the rule.  

Despite being referred to as a mould because of its distinctive pinkish colour, the strain Serratia Marcescens, is actually classified as a bacteria, not a fungus.  

As a bacteria, it thrives in areas with a buildup of fatty substances like soap residue. You’ll typically find it in showers, sinks, bathtubs and bathmats.  

What About Mildew?

Similar to mould, mildew is also a type of microscopic fungus.  

Mildew is mould in its early stages and thrives in warm, moist and humid environments. It appears as white, grey or yellow and travels via airborne spores to attach itself to high-moisture areas. 

Are Fungi Dangerous?

Of the 200,000+ different species of fungi, roughly 300 are known to be dangerous to humans. This includes several different types of mould like Aspergillus, Fusarium and Stachybotrys Chartarum 

Constant exposure to these ‘toxic mould’ types may result in a range of flu-like mould exposure symptoms such as: 

  • Respiratory irritations 
  • Headaches 
  • Runny nose 
  • Asthma attacks 
  • Rashes 

That’s why if you find large patches of mould growing in your home, it’s important to take immediate action to avoid putting your health at risk. 

When To Call A Mould Removal Professional 

When patches of mould start to grow larger than the palm of your hand, the safest thing to do is call a professional mould removal service like MouldMen. 

Our technicians will come to your home and safely remove all mould and its airborne spores using our 100% safe and effective antimicrobial treatment. We’ll even provide you with a mould management and prevention plan after so you can keep your home safe and mould free. 

To get back to living in a safe, healthy home sooner, contact us today on 1300 605 960 or book your free inspection today.   

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