“They are definitely getting bigger” is one of those phrases that men like chief pest control officer Colin Watts utter with just a hint of glee.
On the streets where he operates, there have been 5,100 rat sightings in the past year, some the size of small cats.
Far away from spilled bin bags in city centre alleys, rural homeowners are now being invaded.
The new arrivals in towns and villages are thought to be an unexpected and most unwelcome result of the winter floods.
Up until her death, she had been living with her fiancé Owen (whom she later revealed had been her third serious relationship, her previous two having ended when her first boyfriend posted naked pictures of her on the Internet and when her second boyfriend drunkenly invited her mother to form a threesome).
Following her death, she haunted the house in which she and Owen had lived while she was alive, and which Owen was now running as landlord (eventually renting it out to George and Mitchell).
This week there have been alarming reports of rodents swarming the streets, breaking holes in walls and ravaging bins.
Birmingham may be the epicentre of Britain’s rat kingdom, yet in other, more idyllic, locations, the rats are also on the move.
The thronging mass of rodents produced an odour so strong that unaccustomed visitors took several minutes until they could breathe normally.The show's central premise follows a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost as they try to live together in modern-day Britain.Actors Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner composed the original core cast of the programme's first three series with Sinead Keenan joining the main cast in series 3.When George and Nina are both killed in a war against the vampires, Annie takes responsibility for their daughter Eve, along with new housemates Tom Mc Nair and Hal. Calhoun decided to make Utopia; it started with rats.