What are Biological Contaminants?
A biological contaminant can travel through the air. It can be transmitted via contact and are often invisible. Common indoor biological contaminants include bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen. There are many sources of these pollutants and the effect of a biological contaminant on the body will vary. Keep in mind it is impossible to live in an environment free of biological contaminants. The more you can do to protect yourself and your family from constant bombardment will go a long way in the health of your home and your body.
Biological Contaminants – Bacteria
There are many types of bacteria in our world and many of them are transmitted differently. Many times hydrogen peroxide is a great tool against household bacteria on surfaces. Washing hands and good hygiene are great weapons in the fight against the biological contaminant, bacteria. Here are the Top 10 Most Dangerous Bacteria on Earth according to alltoptens.com.
- E. Coli
- Clostridium Botulinum
- Vibrio cholera
Biological Contaminants – Mold and Mildew
Mold is everywhere and it is a biological contaminant. Mold grows in your home, your car, your feet and sometimes in your nose which is called fungal sinusitis. Mold growing on or in your body is called fungus. Mold growing in your shower is called mildew. Mold growing in your crawl space, basement or attic is called mold. They are all of the fungus family. Remember, not all mold is bad. I love to eat Shitaki Mushrooms which is the fruiting body of mold. Here are the Top 10 Worst States For Mold according to HomeAdvisor.com.
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
The best way to keep mold from growing is to keep humidity and moisture levels low in your home, basement or crawl space. Mold loves high humidity and wet building materials. If you discover a leak, address it immediately. Purchasing a remote humidity reader to keep for your basement, attic, crawl space or out buildings will help you keep a constant eye on humidity levels. The sooner high humidity and water problems are found and addressed the less likely mold will grow out of hand.
Biological Contaminants – Viruses
Viruses are biological contaminants that live and reproduce inside a host. This biological contaminant is be spread via touch, water, air and food. We have all heard of the recent outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa. Viruses are scary. They appear to be transmitted undetected. Severe viral outbreaks kill hundreds before the virus is detected. Trying to quarantine infected people or animals is an attempt to stop the spread. Some great ways to protect yourself is washing hands and don’t eat or drink after each other. Here are the 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth according to Livescience.com.
- Margburg Virus
- Ebola Virus