Ulocladium is a darkly pigmented mold commonly found in the soil and on paper, textiles, dung, emulsion paint, fibers and wood. This mold thrives in wetness and water. It is usually black in color. Ulocladium is typically found in homes and buildings that have experienced extreme water damage. It can be found in kitchens, bathrooms and basements, as well as around windows with high condensation levels.
Ulocladium may grow in conjunction with stachybotrys, fusarium and chaetomium molds and is a good indicator of water damage. The fungi has two different subspecies of molds, U. chartarum and U. botrytis, which can cause serious health concerns in humans. When exposed to these molds, people with a predisposition to allergies or immune disorders can experience severe reactions such as hay fever.
Some people have even reported skin infections. General asthma-like symptoms and difficulty breathing are the most common effects of Ulocladium exposure. Ulocladium is easily confused with other types of mold, so calling in a professional is always a good idea, especially if you suspect that this mold is growing in your home.