Britain is experiencing an explosion in its rat population, and green living is to blame.

OK, the actual reasons cited vary. Some blame the shift from weekly to fortnightly waste collection, which caught on a couple of years ago as a means of reducing waste and encouraging recycling. Others say it’s the mild winters (except, uh, this year). One enterprising pest-control company issued a press release this week directly tying the rat boom to “the trend for urbanites to live a greener, organic lifestyle” — in the form of more compost heaps, more in-city agriculture, more bird feeders.

Since another pest-control company estimated last fall that Britain has more rats than people, one can only … ieuw.

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