VRP in the Media
The following are articles featuring the Vancouver Rat Project:


Toronto Star

Toronto rats are multiplying, spreading - and winning. So why aren't we doing anything to stop them? - June 5, 2019



Is climate change really driving the Ratpocalypse - June 5, 2019


The Globe and Mail

Rats are everywhere but rarely studied. One Canadian project that is filling the gap has made disturbing discoveries - May 1, 2019


CBC News, British Columbia

Rat infestations plague Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and even Haida Gwaii - January 14, 2019


Pest Control Technology

Research round up: Annual rodent control issue - August 28, 2018


Innovation Hub

To control rat populations, birth control may be more effective than poison - January 19, 2018


Innovation Hub

Is our Approach to Handing Rats all Wrong? - January 19, 2018


Bugmaster Pest Control

What Kelowna can learn from the Vancouver Rat Project - December 21, 2017


The Ubyssey

Urban rats disproportionately affect Downtown Eastsiders - November 13, 2017


CBC News

Rats on the Rise in Vancouver? Maybe, says UBC Researcher - October 31, 2017


Vancouver Sun

Vancouver philanthropists' home sale funding health research, including that of this rat researcher - June 14, 2017


The Globe and Mail

Nature on the Move - June 7, 2017


University of Guelph Campus news

Urban Rats - Does the City Environment Increase Potential Risks to Human Health? - March 13, 2017


CBC, Keeping Canada Safe

The Vancouver Rat Project - March, 2017



Vancouver is rat central according to pest control company -December 16, 2016


The Planet Magazine

Rat Pack - University researchers track urban rat movements in Vancouver, British Columbia -December 04, 2016


CBC News

City of Vancouver interested in rat surveillance program - November 22, 2016



On the lookout for rats - November 18, 2016



The case for leaving city rats alone. A Vancouver study is showing us how pest control can backfire - July 28, 2016



Are NYC rats disease 'sponges'? Scientists want to track them to find out - July 14, 2016


Vancouver Sun

Would Miss Manners swear if she saw a rat? - June 28,2016


CBC The Current

Rising urban rat population pose health risk to humans, says researcher - June 14, 2016


Vancouver Magazine

Everything you didn't want to know about Vancouver's rats - May 25,2016


BC Business

Meet the folks fighting B.C.'s urban rat invasion - April 15, 2016


The Province

Rats a true health risk on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, homeless advocate says - January 27,2016


The Province

Rats a real risk to Metro Vancouver residents, UBC prof says - January 24, 2016


CBC News

CBC Radio interview on rat population risks to human health - January 14, 2016


CBC News

Rise in rat population a risk to human health says UBC study - January 14, 2016


CBC News

Why a cold winter won't slow Vancouver's booming rat population - January 5, 2016


Eurkea Science Community

Rat Congestion - July 20, 2015


The Verge

The flea that carried the bubonic plague lives in New York City - March 2, 2015


CBC News (Early Edition Podcast)

Rat infestations in Vancouver lead to call for political action - follow up. - November 14, 2014


The Province

The Real Rats of Vancouver? Study looks to dispel myths of city's critters. - November 5, 2014


CBC News (+ Radio Clip - On the Coast)

Rat infestations in Vancouver lead to call for political action. - November 3, 2014


The Georgia Straight

Vancouver rat infestation raises health concerns. - October 15, 2014


Metro News

Mystery bird feeder blamed for Vancouver rat infestation. - September 16, 2014


CBC News

Rat problem grows at East Vancouver community garden. - September 16, 2014


CBC News (TV)

Rats: What are the health risks to people? - Dr. C.G. Himsworth interviewed about rat-related health risks following a rat infestation at an East Vancouver community garden. - September 15, 2014


The Province

City life's a rat race in Vancouver - and the rats may be winning. - September 9, 2014


BC Almanac (CBC, radio)

Summer rat infestations. - August 6, 2014


Global Morning News (TV)

Dr. C. G. Himsworth interviewed about rats and rat-related health risks in Rat Project Vancouver. - June 20, 2014


CBC On the Coast (Radio)

Dr. CG Himsworth interviewed about rats and rat-related health risks. - June 21, 2014


Metro News

Rat poop in Downtown Eastside contains C. difficile - January 15, 2014


The Globe and Mail

Rats on the rise in BC cities - December 5, 2013


Eureka Science Community

The Rat Pack. - November 7, 2013


Global AM/BC (TV)

Vancouver Rat Project feature with Jill Krop - July 10, 2013


CKNW Morning Show (Radio)

Dr. CG Himsworth interviewed by John McComb - June 19, 2013


Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre Blog (

Leptospirosis in urban rats - New findings from the Vancouver Rat Project. - June 27, 2013


The Ottawa Citizen

The Vancouver Rat Project explained. - June 20, 2013


The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver rats carry disease that can infect humans. - June 19, 2013


The Province

Vancouverites might have to learn to live with rats as population scurries upward. - June 12, 2013


Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre Blog (

Could Urban Ports Be a Site of Introduction for Foreign Rats and Their Diseases? - June 3, 2013


The Western Producer

Project to Examine Rat Ecology, Diseases, and Human Exposure. - May 17, 2013


Worms & Germs Blog, University of Guelph

MRSP in Urban Rats. - December 24, 2012


The Capilano Courier

The Rat King: Surrounded by urban wildlife, everything comes back to rodents. - November 6, 2012


The Star Phoenix

Student studies diseases of wild urban rats. - November 5, 2012


WCVM Today

Student studies diseases of wild urban rats. - November 6, 2012


Megaphone Street Paper

Rats pack future Downtown Eastside condo site - June 11, 2012


Global TV BC

New light being shed on old rat problem (VIDEO) - May 24, 2012

Downtown Eastside neighbors hold rat count on vacant lot (VIDEO) - May 23, 2012


Vancouver Sun

Vancouver's rat population growing, residents out to count (VIDEO) - May 23, 2012


News 1130

DTES neighbours want vacant lot cleaned up to stop rats: concerns over potential health risks - May 23, 2012


24 Hours

Rat problem is city-wide: DTES builder - May 23, 2012



Rat count on the Downtown Eastside - May 22, 2012



Photo from DTES Rat Count on May 22, 2012


Pest Management Canada

Interview with Dr. Chelsea Himsworth