Have you ever noticed little black looking dots stuck to the side of your house? Those little dots are a type of wood-decaying fungus called artillery fungus.Teacher Under Pressure comes across them at times, while at customers homes, and we hope to educate our community on this topic. In this article we will discuss what those little black dots are and the best treatment practices for them.
What is Artillery Fungus?
Artillery fungus is a type of wood-decaying fungus that can cling to your home siding like little black dots. These dots are actually the fungal spores that have attached themselves to your home and can cause problems down the line if not dealt with properly.
Why is Artillery Fungus So Dangerous?
One of the biggest problems with Artillery Fungus is that it can be very difficult to remove completely. Pressure washing could remove some but will NOT remove most of the fungus. Pressure washing is NOT the best practice when looking to treat or remove the fungus from your house.
What Is The Best Way To Remove Artillery Fungus?
In order to prevent the spread of Artillery Fungus, you need to be proactive in your approach. Here are a few things you can do:
Replace Mulch or Remove It Altogether
Since Artillery Fungus thrives on organic material, the best thing you can do to prevent it from taking hold is to properly maintain your mulch beds. This might mean replacing your mulch often or eliminating it altogether and replacing it with a different kind of landscaping material.
Use Fungal Treatments
If Artillery Fungus has already taken hold of your home, there are fungal treatments you can use to prevent the spread of spores. This can be an effective solution, but it’s essential that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you use the treatment properly. Incorrect use can result in more damage to your home and the fungus could re-emerge at a later time.
In this article we discussed artillery fungus and explained that pressure washing is not the best practice to remove it from your home. Teacher Under Pressure likes to be very transparent and upfront about what our house wash will and will not clean up. We hope you found this article educational!