Circular 1047-2
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Mold grows from spores, which are found naturally in the air and cannot be seen by the naked eye. Mold spores act like seeds, causing mold to grow under the right conditions. Mold itself is usually easy to detect. While testing is sometimes used to determine the presence of mold, it is generally not necessary or recommended. Usually a quick investigation with your eyes and nose can tell you if mold is present. Keep in mind that the first signs of mold might be the development of allergy-like symptoms. If you detect excess moisture or a musty odor, but do not see mold, be sure to check behind cabinets and wallpaper, and under carpeting. These are common hiding places for mold. Do a complete inspection of your home using the UGA Mold and Moisture Checklist, available online at The key to controlling mold is to eliminate the source of the moisture problem.

Status and Revision History
Published on Dec 16, 2003
Published with Full Review on May 01, 2014
Published with Major Revisions on Mar 09, 2018

Pamela Turner Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist, Family & Consumer Sciences
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