HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THESE PESKY LITTLE BLACK DOTS ON YOUR HOME’S SIDING OR EVEN YOUR CAR?
These super adhesive little boogers are actually a fungus called Shaerobolus Stellatus, aka Shotgun or Artillery fungus.
This fungus thrives in rotting or decaying wood or bark.
SO WHY THE HECK IS IT ON YOUR HOUSE IF IT’S VINYL OR NOT ROTTING WOOD?
Shaerobolus derives from the Greek meaning “sphere thrower”. The name fits perfectly because the fungus actually “shoots its spores towards the sunlight to aid in dispersal.”
The spores spray all over your house because they live in your mulch. Especially if your mulch is damp and old.
The best way to prevent the spread of the shotgun fungus is to either turn your mulch to help dry it out OR change out your mulch completely.
BUT HOW THE HECK DO I CLEAN IT?
Glad you asked, NOT US!
(Pressure washing will not fix this problem though you think it would, so please don’t let anyone try that on your house.)
Sorry folks but the best way to clean these suckers is some good ole’ southern elbow grease.
Try this solution:
Hot water & Dawn Power Wash spray
& a Non-scratch abrasive sponge or Magic eraser. BUT be gentle so you don’t ruin any of your surfaces or discolor anything!
That’s all for today FOLKS ON “WHY THE HECK?”