Help! Strange Mold

Peter W Pappas ppappas at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
Sat Sep 10 09:43:55 EST 1994


In article <sjacobs.270.001432AC at maroon.tc.umn.edu>,
Steve Jacobson <sjacobs at maroon.tc.umn.edu> wrote:
>
>Could anyone out there help me.  If this is the wrong newsgroup, I apoligize.
>
>My cousin has a strange mold/organism growing throughout her house (on the
>end of Long Island, NY).  It started with a leak in a gutter that eventually
>got into the house (the house was cool and humid).  It incubated over the
>summer and when the weather became humid, it started breeding rapidly.  The
>humidity rapidly built up in the house early in the summer and everything
>became damp.  The house never fully dried out.
>
>The mold starts out with a pinkish color with a round shape (like little
>droplets).  The shape then will change to become irregular.  The mold then
>starts to grow and get darker (orange or brown).  It takes on all kinds of
>shapes, but its favorite is round-like ameoba or protoplasm.  The mold grows
>very large and spreads fast.  It covers everything, especially porus items,
>like paper, wood, and fabric (also pottery, paint, and wood floors)  When the
>mold gets ahold and spreads, it turns darker.  Clorox does not seem to kill
>it-it sometimes lightens it a little (maybe one out of 10 cases).  There is
>also a version of this mold that is gray or black.
>
>Does anyone know what this stuff is and HOW TO KILL IT.
>
>Thanx in advance.
>
>
>-----------------------------------------------
>Rgds
>Steve Jacobson
>sjacobs at maroon.tc.umn.edu
>

SORRY I CAN'T HELP YOU, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLOT FOR A MOVIE, OR AT LEAST
A MINI-SERIES.
-- 
Peter W. Pappas, Professor/Chairperson, Department of Zoology,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH  43210  USA
E-mail: pappas.3 at osu.edu; FAX (614)-292-2030,
PHONE (614)-292-8088



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