The presence of bugs increasing as mold growth stays unattended is no coincidence. If there is mold in your house, it is likely that bugs and insects can get attracted to them.
At home, these are the health hazards that if left unchecked, would lead to one or more health hazards.
These types of infestations are what you need to be on a look out for and put a stop to as soon as possible:
Conditions that both attract mold growth and insects. Environmental conditions greatly affect the growth of mold. Bugs are attracted to the same environment where mold growth is abundant. Mold grows in warm and humid places with high levels of moisture. This explains why mold is normally found in the damp corners of your home. Mold also grows on places that are not regularly touched by sunlight, and are poorly ventilated.
The attics, closets, cellars, basements are usually the sections where mold growth can be found. Floor tiles, broken HVAC systems and pipes under sinks are likely the places where mold can turn into its habitat. Insects also love these areas of the house – it is well hidden, no air currents and where organic materials that are broken down by mold that insects can feed on.
Mold and bugs feed on the same things. Some insects feed on molds or the organisms that live with them. Mold grows by eating whatever it is growing on. Whether it be brick, wood, leather, cloth, or even food. Most insects also feed on the same materials.
Also, mold grows mostly on home materials that are porous, to allow its roots to get it. And when the mold has broken down the material into an organic matter, the insects, in turn, will feed on them.
Creepy crawlers like cockroaches eat the detached wallpaper that the mold has broken down. Termites can dig into the damaged wood parts of the house.
Flies and bugs are attracted to decomposing food or any organic compounds that are caused by mold growth. Some bugs even feed on the mold itself.
Insects are attracted to mold.
Insects feed on materials that mold has already broken down. Mold mites, similar to dust mites, are usually present whenever there is mold – that is why they got their names as such.
Booklice, on the other hand, are found in moldy books and magazines. Some insects can also sneak in between the broken down wallpaper and feed there.
Termites are attracted to the same smell that mold produces when it is breaking down materials that it feeds on – especially wood. Termites follow this odour, and even build colonies near the wood that is already broken down by mold.
It is easier for the termites to dig through the wood when it is soft. At the same time, when the wood material is weakened by the termites, moisture can easily seep through which makes it even more attractive for mold growth.
If you prevent the conditions at home that will encourage mold growth, you immediately reduce the possibility of bugs being around your house. You need to check all the areas where moisture can be found.
Mould removal and termite control Marlboro NJ did by professionals is advisable if the damage in your home caused by mold growth can no longer be repaired or remedied by DIY steps at home.
Regular checks around your house should be done to make sure the areas where you don’t normally go to every day remains dry and intact so that insects and bugs will not be encouraged to feed on, which will also result into mold growth if these materials decompose or get broken down easily.