Mold or Bug Poop? Both Harmful, But Different!

March 9, 2022

Crawl space encapsulation is vital for many reasons. To keep musty smells and dank air out of your home, ensure the space is conditioned and dry to prevent mold and mildew, and to keep pests out of your home. Interestingly enough, a common issue our team at Tredegar Construction comes across is diagnosing mold versus insect feces!

The problem is often not whether you have a home invader but rather what kind of home invader you’re contending with. Bug feces and mold can look somewhat similar in the dark. While both are no fun, they are two issues that must be handled, but in very different ways. Below we have outlined some ways you can tell the difference.

Insect Feces: If you don’t have your crawl space properly encapsulated, all manner of bugs and insects can make their way into your home.The two most common insects found in crawl spaces are camelback crickets and cockroaches. Both of these bugs have similar looking feces, a smoother rounded pebble-like appearance of thousands of black dots on wood. A subtle way to tell them apart is, if the affected area is on the upper perimeter of the area,rather than the middle, it is most likely the work of Camelback Crickets rather than Cockroaches.


Mold: In contrast to insect droppings, mold can be found anywhere in a crawl space, although usually found in the darkest and dampest areas. It can also come in lots of different colors. It, in contrast to insect excrement, can sometimes appear fuzzy or furry in appearance.

Both of these issues are harmful to the structure of your home. Insects, their feces and the skin they shed left unchecked causes airborne contamination and effect the air your family breathes. Cockroaches,especially, are known to spread asthma, allergy, and food contamination illnesses. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects like stuffy nose, wheezing, and asthma reactions. Mold may cause serious structural damage to a home, because it feeds on and breaks down organic matter. Therefore, when mold infests walls, insulation, etc., the materials must be removed, the issue mitigated and insurances made so it can’t happen again.


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