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Know the Difference in Mold and Mildew in Moorhead

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold & Mildew in Moorhead

Although both are types of fungi, SERVPRO of Moorhead wants to point out some differences between mold and mildew.  Some kinds of fungi are okay, like mushrooms (if you like mushrooms). Some kinds of fungi are definitely not okay, like athlete’s foot. Molds can be useful: penicillin, anyone?  Mildew is never useful.

Moorhead residents can educate themselves about mold and mildew.

What it looks like 


  • Usually fuzzy
  • May be brown, yellow, gray, black, white, green, or blue


  • Usually grows in a flat pattern
  • May look powdery or downy
  • Powdery mildew usually starts out white, & often turns yellow, brown, or black
  • Downy mildew usually starts out yellow, then turns brown.

What is not good 


  • Can cause damage to homes
  • May cause health problems
  • May be smelly


  • Can damage plants & crops
  • May cause health problems
  • May be smelly

What is not bad


  • Might be edible (grilled portobello tonight?)
  • Some are used in making cheeses


  • Not a thing

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