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A Scottish specialist in treating woodworm from Wise Property Care has been told to pack his bags to answer an unusual SOS call from a worried householder – in Iceland.

Mr Kerr, 42, of Wise Property Care, was told by bosses in Glasgow to collect his chemicals and fly out to the stricken client all the way out in Iceland. He flew to just outside the Artic Circle – where the infestation is extremely rare – to tackle the case in Reykjavik.

The Aberdeen based professional said: “It’s really common here in the UK, 75% of houses get it, but it seems there’s no one in Iceland who knew what to do. Very few of the houses apparently use soft wood which woodworm like. My usual patch is between Montrose and Wick but they must have thought I was the closest.”

The problem started when woodworm were brought to a house in the capital city of Iceland, possibly inside imported furniture. The homeowner contacted a local professor who identified the problem but could find no one to deal with it. He contacted the Wise Property Care who passed the details to Mark Kerr within their Aberdeen Branch.

Mr Kerr, of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity. I’ve never been to Iceland before. It will be interesting to see if there’s a growing problem there. It’s usually too cold and dry for woodworm.”

Mr Kerr also thought that the trip will give the business an idea of potential for expansion abroad.

Woodworm is common in the UK and can be found in any house with exposed timber. The temperature in Iceland makes it difficult for them to survive and only a handful of cases have ever been recorded. The woodworm lay eggs and larvae burrow into the wood where they spend three years eating through the timber before going in search of a mate.

About Wise Property Care

Wise Property Care is Scotland's leading woodworm, dry rot and rising damp specialists. Wise Property Care has been delivering property repair and preservation solutions throughout Scotland for over 12 years and have offices throughout Scotland coupled with a qualified team of operators, surveyors and technicians to ensure customers receive a local service (even in Iceland) with the benefits of a national company.

Wise Property Care PR contact:

Andy Ferguson
Marketing Assistant
Wise Property Care Head Office
8 Muriel Street
Barrhead
Glasgow
G78 1QB
Tel: 0141 876 0300
www.wisepropertycare.com

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