With the winter bringing in all sorts of excess moisture (ie snow and sleet) to your home, we figured it was time for a little biology lesson on mold and mildew. So get out your pencils, please.

Mildew is the common term that refers to various types of molds and fungi. Mildew exists in two different environments; in the plant kingdom and in various locations throughout a household.

The plant varieties are called downey mildew and powdery mildew. Downey mildew comes from fungus -like organisms and act as parasites on affected plants. This form of mildew causes serious problems for fruits and vegetables growing in farms and at-home gardens.

Powdery mildew also obliterates plants in gardens, specifically flowering plants. Powdery mildew comes from specific types of fungi that eats through certain host flowers.

The specific term “mildew” addresses the variations of fungi and mold found outside of your home, in plants only.

Mold, on the other hand, refers to the fungi growing, with a flat growth habit, inside your home. Indoor mold species, unlike plant mildew, grow on all organic materials including, clothing, paper, carpets, rugs, textiles, leather, tile and grout, ceilings, walls and floors.

Mold really loves water and moisture. So anyplace with soppy, moist conditions attracts, encourages and cultivates mold.

Now that you know a little more about a common enemy, hopefully it will help you protect both your plants and loved ones alike.

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