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What is Stachybotrys chartarum or “Black Mold”?

Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold, often referred to as “Black Mold;” however, there are many other types of mold that can be greenish-black in color. Given the right conditions, some strains of Stachybotrys chartarum, as well as certain other types of mold, can produce toxic substances called mycotoxins. These types of molds are sometimes called “Toxic Mold.” All molds should be treated the same with regard to potential health risks and removal. No matter what type of mold is present, or whether or not it can produce mycotoxins, it should be removed promptly, with the appropriate precautions taken to limit exposure.