Controlling the moisture is the key to mold control. Reducing moisture in your home will help control rodents, roaches and dust mites, all of which are associated with asthma.
Mold is one of several asthma triggers in your home. It can trigger asthma attacks in persons who are allergic or sensitized to molds, and can worsen asthma in non-allergic (non-sensitized) people. Exposure to mold comes through inhaling or breathing it in. For more information on the health effects of mold visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.
Use the UGA Extension Mold & Moisture Checklist to identify the mold problems in your home.
Testing mold in your home is usually unnecessary and can be expensive. Hundreds of types of mold can be found in the home environment, and the process for cleaning mold is similar no matter what type of mold is in your home. In Georgia, and many other states, there are no licensing requirements for mold professionals. Shop carefully before Hiring a Mold Remediation Contractor, and look for someone with professional credentials.
Most small areas of mold (less than 10 square feet) can be cleaned without hiring a professional; however, care should be taken to reduce health risks. Tips for mold cleanup:
More information on mold can be found in the UGA publications:
EPA: Mold Remediation