A plague of rats are invading the homes of those affected by flooding across vast swathes of the West Country.
The disease-carrying rodents have been emerging from their traditional lairs in sewers and burrows, fleeing the rising flood waters.
The rodents are seeking refuge in homes where there is a ready supply of food and warm shelter to be found in lofts.
Pest control firms have reportedly been in high demand in the worst hit areas, as terrified families face another problem to contend with.
The rats carry illnesses such as Weil’s disease, which can be passed on to humans. It has flu-like symptoms initially but can lead to jaundice in the kidneys.