How do I get rid of artillery fungus?

There is no recommended artillery fungus treatment. If the spores are fresh, sometimes soap and water with a scrub brush will remove a bit of the fungus. You can power wash them off of vinyl siding but such methods can be damaging to cars and wood siding.

Is artillery fungus harmful?

A: Yes, the problem is the sticky black spores of the artillery fungus, frequently found in wood mulch. The mold is white and lives on moist, rotting wood. The spores are released at light colored objects within about 20 feet of the fungus. Although unattractive, the fungus is not dangerous and will not harm pets.

Will artillery fungus go away on its own?

Because they are a product of wet mulch, warm temperatures and high humidity they can and will go away on their own in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes I just take a shovel and flip them over to disrupt their ability to keep spreading. Brown or yellow yucky stuff in mulch. It’s a Fungi!

Will removing mulch get rid of artillery fungus?

Because artillery fungus grows in every form of organic mulch, you won’t be able to completely stop the fungus from forming. However, you can cover your mulch with black plastic during the time when spores are most active to protect your property.

How long does artillery fungus last?

When the peridioles dry, they become very difficult to remove. Unfortunately, Sphaerobolus can be long-lived and peridioles have been found to still be viable for up to 12 years.

How do I know if I have artillery fungus?

If you are unsure if it’s artillery fungus, inspect the spots with a magnifying glass. The spores of artillery fungus are globe-shaped and when you scratch the outer dark brown coating open, you’ll see a whitish, finely granular, gummy-like center.

What kind of mulch does not have artillery fungus?

(Penn State testing found that pine-bark nuggets as well as cypress and cedar mulches are some of the least likely mulches to harbor artillery fungus.)

What are the black dots on my siding?

The dark spots you see on your siding is a wood-decaying fungus and it does not care if you have wood, vinyl, or hard-plank siding it will latch onto it. This fungus comes from the mulch in your flower beds. Chances are if you have mulch around your house you have Artillery Fungus growth.

Does all mulch produce artillery fungus?

In your studies, have you found any wood/bark mulches that the artillery fungus absolutely will not grow on? No. All mulches that we studied eventually supported the artillery fungus after being outside for several years. However, some mulch performed better than others.

Can you paint over artillery fungus?

It is possible to paint over artillery fungus. First sand the surface; otherwise, tiny lumps will remain under the paint. I recommend priming first with a stain-killing primer such as Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3, which is sold at many paint stores.

What can I spray on siding to prevent mold?

Simply wash your siding a few times a year with a garden hose and a homemade cleaning solution to keep it looking its’ best. Water combined with vinegar, bleach or soap/laundry detergent will do the trick. A 70/30 water to vinegar ratio is an awesome mixture to dissolve tough mold and mildew.

Is Power Washing bad for siding?

The power of pressure washing can result in holes in your siding, breaking off vinyl panels, and more. When you’re using a pressure washer, you’re likely shooting water up toward the top of your house. Rotting can also occur if water seeps behind the panels, which can be highly damaging to wood exterior.

How can I keep artillery fungus from spreading?

One of the best ways to prevent artillery mulch from spreading is to refresh your mulch each year. You can also add about three inches of fresh mulch on top of the existing to suffocate the spores and stop them from latching on to your siding.

Which is the worst part of artillery fungus?

One of the worst parts about artillery fungus is that it can shoot spores up to 20 feet and usually aims toward the sun as the spores stick to light colored surfaces. Where Does Artillery Fungus Come From?

What does artillery fungus look like on siding?

If you’ve noticed dark spotting on your home’s siding or your car, you may have seen artillery fungus and not realized it. What is artillery fungus? Artillery fungus, or Sphaerobolus, looks like mud or dirt spots, and while the spores aren’t harmful, they can stain your home, deck or car if not cleaned thoroughly.

Is there artillery fungus on my House Foundation?

The artillery fungus may be just as common out in mulched flower beds far away from your house, but it is not noticed at that location. But, put the same mulch (and artillery fungus) next to your house foundation, add a white or reflective siding, and you may have a severe problem!