Mold Versus Bacteria: What’s The Difference?

Mold and bacteria get grouped together frequently despite being two entirely different organisms. Take a moment to learn about the differences between bacteria and mold to help your healthy home efforts. And remember, if you suspect a mold infestation, contact your Orange County mold inspector immediately. 

Cellular Structure Differences

While mold is a type of fungi, bacteria is, well, bacteria. The cellular structure of mold is made up of DNA enclosed within nuclei, which makes the organisms eukaryotes. Nuclei-covered DNA is also separate from the organism’s cytoplasm. In contrast, bacteria nuclei are not separate from cytoplasm. Bacterial strains are subsequently grouped as prokaryotes, or non-complex cellular structures. Since mold is a type of fungi, its structures are more complex. 

Food Consumption Differences

Bacteria and mold differ in terms of what they consume. The former organism thrives on food it produces from sunlight and chemical energy processes, and can even use other organisms for energy. They are therefore considered heterotrophic organisms. Since mold strains are heterotrophs known as saprophytes, they require food from external sources. Mold typically consumes dead organic matter, which is why it is so essential in the natural world. And while the fungi contributes to natural decay processes and therefore “the circle of life” in nature, it does not belong in the home and requires Orange County mold removal services

Growth Differences

Mold spreads throughout different environments by elongating its fibers, meaning it “branches out.” Most strains require dark, damp environments to reproduce and potentially cause problems such as allergic reactions, asthma flare-ups, and structural damage. Bacterial strains reproduce on their own when “parent” cells split into two cells. The binary fission process repeats as necessary, allowing bacteria to take over surfaces such as toilets, doorknobs, computer keyboards, and stairwell railings. 

Both mold and bacteria have positive applications, including chemical fermentations and food production. However, excessive amounts of detrimental strains can still cause a variety of problems in homes and businesses. 
If you require black mold cleanup in your Los Angeles home or have any other mold issue that needs remediation, contact Mold Masters today. 

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