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Mold Attracts Many Types of Bugs

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Light green bug sitting on top of a leaf. Sometimes the smaller the bug, the scarier they can be. We aren't aware of every type of bug that affects our lives.

Mold attracts a number of bugs due to the fact that it breaks down things that bugs commonly consume. Cockroaches are attracted to moldy areas because mold breaks down paper, cockroaches food of choice. The mold makes the paper easier to digest which allows the nasty little bugs to consume lots of it, easier, and therefore repopulate faster. A thriving environment for cockroaches is anywhere mold has reached wallpaper or a bookshelf. Likewise, booklice enjoy mold for the same reason. Moldy paper is easier to digest for booklice the same way it is for cockroaches. Mold mites, on the other hand, consume the mold directly. Though this almost seems ideal, being that they feast on the mold itself, mold mites produce hairs on their bodies that cause allergic reactions for humans. These hairs float off of their bodies and into the air and is undetectable to us. We may have a reaction to mold mites without even knowing that they’re there. The odor produced by mold attracts termites, being that termites know where there is mold there is weakened wood to consume. 

Knowing that bugs are attracted to mold is frustrating because these bugs create damage in our homes just as much as the mold and water damage. What started as a simple leak or build up now result in multiple sources of home damage. Because of this, the best time to act on the discovery of water damage or mold is as soon as it is found. To make things easy, give a call to your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. They know water damage and mold remediation, so you’re in good hands. In addition to be specialists as this field, they know about the promptness necessary in attacking mold, so they’ll be at your door soon after you make the call. They care as much about your home as you do.

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