We have recently received several questions about mushrooms developing both outdoor and indoors. With the wet spring and flooding, water had made its way to cracks on walls or in floors, in older houses, or basements prone to flooding. Other common spots for the mushrooms to develop include, logs, mulch and lawns. In fact, we saw our first slime mold question this week. The common question: how can I get rid of the mushrooms? The answer, it all about moisture!
Mushrooms thrive in high humidity, and basements or outdoor areas with plenty of moisture become the perfect environments for mushrooms to develop. Anything that can be done to minimize humidity can help reduce them. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet or treatment that can eradicate them. The reason: think of mushrooms as the flowering structures of an extensive microscopic network of mycelia (similar to a microscopic root system), developing in an area with sources of nutrients or material to decay.
At the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, we focus on identifying mushrooms that may appear in gardens or landscape beds, or associated with a tree to determine if the mushroom species is causing white or brown rot potentially compromising the integrity of the tree. We do not identify mushroom associated with structures or basements. For more information, see our mushroom identification service page.
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