TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Mushrooms sprout in Bridgeville apartment in rain's aftermath

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
 

Maurice Lucas likes his mushrooms fried, not growing out of his carpet.

Lucas, who lives in Hickman Apartments on Hickman Street in Bridgeville, said fungi sprouted in the hall outside his basement-level apartment after last week's heavy rain washed into the building. He noticed them Sunday morning when he left for work, he said.

“When I came back later in the day, they were still pretty small,” Lucas said. “The next day, they got bigger.” He tried to treat them with baking soda.

Damp conditions and warm weather created ideal conditions for the 'shrooms, said Dick Dogall, past president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.

“Mushrooms are composters,” Dogall said. “Anything they can compost is a possibility, so it's not surprising. You have to get the right temperature and moisture conditions.”

Lucas said he contacted the building management, Lobos Management, three times about dampness since Wednesday's rain.

Lobos did not return calls from the Tribune-Review.

Dogall said the mushrooms are relatively harmless — only 10 to 15 percent of mushrooms in the wild are harmful.

“It's highly unlikely something like that would be something in a house,” he said. “The spores are around and conditions are right and they just fruited.”

Lucas isn't taking chances. He said the mold and dampness prompted him to contact the Allegheny County Health Department, and he made an appointment with an inspector Friday.

He said wet conditions have affected the apartment building before.

“It's just getting really frustrating,” he said.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards
  2. City’s plan for Strip flummoxes vendors
  3. State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
  4. Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes
  5. Parents keep children home from Brookline schools over threats
  6. Judge denies request to lift gag order in Ford case
  7. Man shot outside his home in Penn Hills
  8. Orders for Pittsburgh police hats soar with new uniform policy
  9. Controller to examine how much vehicles cost Allegheny County
  10. Judge drops charges against Ambridge ROTC instructor’s wife
  11. Coach accused in $2,400 theft from Baldwin Hockey Club
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.