06:09PM | 10/30/06
Member Since: 10/29/06
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i'm having a problem, i recently found out that i have black mold growing in my basement. i starting moving things in my basement to see how bad the mold problem is and i found all these bugs. they are tiny like a gnat but they jump like a flea. i know for a fact that they are not fleas because neither one of my pets are scratching and i have no bites on my ankles. i sprayed them with bleach but the suckers wouldn't die. does anyone know what type of bugs these are and are they from the mold???? also, once i scrub the mold with bleach, what do i do to keep it from comming back??? PLEASE HELP!!!!

thank you,



02:48AM | 10/31/06
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Please read this very carefully. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]

I urge you to seek professional help. I have witnessed too many people becoming sick from mold exposure. I have witnessed complete houses ruined by mold that started in the basement and migrated to the rest of the house. Mold is dangerous on many levels, if you do not follow proper protocol for remediation, you risk putting your health in danger along with everyone in your home. You also run the risk of letting mold take over your home. I would bet your house insurance does not cover mold related damage.

Bleach will not kill mold on porous surfaces. The ionic structure of bleach cannot penetrate into the small voids where the root structure exists. However the water content of bleach will penetrate and feed the mold.

Even if you kill the mold on the surfaces, you most likely have millions of spores in the air. You need to kill everything. Every inch of that basement needs to be treated.

1. If you know that you have black mold, DO NOT store items in that area. You will contaminate the items.

2. DO NOT bring any items stored in your basement into your living area. Chances are you have mold spores on these items and you don't want to cross contaminate your living area.

3. If you must enter the basement, leave a pair of dedicated shoes on the stairs to only be used in the basement.

4. Wear a respirator w/ organic filters when you are in the basement. You can also wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes. Mold spores can get in your hair, on your clothes and in your ears.

Bugs - I am not an expert in bugs, but I do have an entomologist and a microbiologist on staff. Bugs are usually not a good sign. Most of the time when we encounter bugs in a basement it stemmed from waste water/sewage.

If you have mold and bugs, you have a very unhealthy situation. Do not wait; do not seek more DIY advice...just get it remedied.

I understand this forum is geared towards DIY'ers, but I stress, seek professional help. Don't mess with mold.

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