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May 2015

What is the Difference

What is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew? Why Does it Matter? What Do You Do When it is There? Can I Prevent It? By Harry Cannon, Mold Protection Services In earlier articles we discussed some symptoms of mold exposure, and what can be done to reduce it’s opportunity to grow. Now I want to talk about what can be done when it is evident that mold is growing. Many people ask me the question “what is the difference between mold and mildew, and does it matter”? Just like our children can share similar features, mold and mildew can do the same thing. We have discussed that mold can come in a variety of colors including white, orange, red, green and black. Both mold and mildew thrive on moist, warm areas, both indoors and outdoors. They can also each grow on virtually any surface. Regardless, no homeowner likes to see either in his or her home. The differences in the size, color and texture of the spores can provide you with a good indication of whether they mold be mold or mildew. White, powdery growth typically is a sign of very early spore growth and most likely to be mildew. Mildew can usually be wiped off of the contaminated surface if caught quickly, and is less likely to result any health related issues. Orange and red growth is more likely to be found outdoors on wood, mushrooms and other moist organic surfaces. Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost “fuzzy”, especially when it is found on food, or even slimy in nature. While “toxic” (usually black) mold is not common in homes that are regularly maintained, this form of mold can be dangerous to a person’s health. Allergies, asthma, irritated eyes, skin rashes, headaches and even lung issues are the result of toxic mold that is breeding within a home. The key to treating mold and mildew is to wipe it out of your home immediately. Treating it accordingly will safeguard your home from permanent damage and keep you from experiencing a continual cycle of growth. When mold growth gets to this stage, it is best to call someone knowledgeable in the proper identification, removal and treatment of these spores. Mold Protection and Management Services is locally owned and been serving NE NC for over ten years. We have successfully dealt with residential and commercial issues stemming from minor interior growth ranging from attics, closets and crawl spaces to more serious growth caused by pipe breaks, roof leaks, flooding, and other issues. We have developed relationships with area certified mold inspectors and demolition contractors when necessary to partner together to effectively mitigate the problem.Prevention, particularly this time of year, can be a key part of controlling mold growth. You do not have to wait for growth to get bad before addressing the issue. You can be proactive rather than reactive. Decks, particularly composite decks, are common source of frustration for repeated growth. MPMS offers prevention services to help minimize deck maintenance and keep things looking great for those wonderful summer outdoor experiences. The best part for our local residents is that they do not have to call in firms from Virginia or Raleigh to address their growth issues. However, whether it is MPMS or another firm, the most important thing is to get rid of this growth before it causes damage to your structure, your family, or both. We can be reached at, and will be happy to answer your questions. Phone # : 727-560-2791 WHITE BAKERS RACK W/ WINE BOTTLE HOLDERS $35 CAMDEN Business Home Auto Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 10 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015

Dear Dr. Crime: I watch the news and get scared of the hate, anger, and violence in our world. Is our world as dangerous as the news reports suggest? Fearful Fellow Dear Fearful: I wish I had a clear and simply answer, but statistics do not allow it. If you are one of the victims in an inner city it is a different world than those living in gated communities. Let us look at it two ways. The US Bureau of Justice Statistics[i] tells us that the most recent national victimization survey (2013) found that kids over age 12 had an estimated 6.1 million violent victimizations and 16.8 million property victimizations. But that was a small decline after a couple years of increase. Since 1993, the rate of violent crime has declined from 79.8 to 23.2 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older. Also, a United Nations study[ii] reports that more people die from homicide than in wars. Their data was from 88% of the world population. Also the nature of the criminal acts will make your blood boil. Darkness to Light reports that : 400,000 children are sexually abused each year. That means that 1 in 10 children faces the horror of sexual abuse before their 18 birthday. 90% of victims are abused by someone they know and trust. 60% are acquaintances like teachers, neighbors, or community leaders. 30 % are immediate or extended family. Only 10% are strangers to the child. Many sexually abused children suffer trauma severe enough to negatively impact their adult lives. They are 3x more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. They are 2x more likely to drop out of school. Even necrophilia[iii] and bestiality remain crime issues. This is not a uniformly wonderful world. Dear Dr. Crime: How do I find national statistics about drug abuse? Teacher Dear Teacher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiles the total number of drug-related deaths through their National Vital Statistics System. In addition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) produces a drug-related mortality report using data from their Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist that holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note in care of this paper if you wish or email him at if you child is in “trouble”. Phone # : 252-489-8667 Antique Print $60. Antique mirror, good condition. Need a little reconditioning, 49” wide, 26 1/2” tall. $75. Mirror Can be seen at Missing pieces consignment Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015 11