White House work orders show infiltration of mice, roaches


Work orders included reports of mice, cockroaches and even ant infestations.

NBC 4 Washington obtained hundreds of works orders which report that the building is dealing with infestations of unwanted creatures that threaten the livability of the White House.

The White House has a rat problem - literally.

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The vermin have been seen posting up smoking bogies in the Situation Room, the White House Navy mess hall, and White House chief of staff's office. The records offer a rare glimpse into the granular work required to maintain a major government facility.The hundreds of work orders reviewed by News4 reveal the wide scope of requests received by the Public Buildings Service, ranging from heating system repairs to furniture moves to pest control.

The orders suggest mouse problems in Vice President Mike Pence's office as well as the situation room-and requests to "pick up dead mouse" in several others. More accurately, the General Services Administration has been keeping the home of all presidents since Adams from turning to dust, a task which often involves endless pest removal.

"They are old buildings", Miller said. "Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work", former GSA Inspector General Brian Miller told WRC. "Then the agency must watch over the contractors".

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The portfolio of buildings includes federal courthouses, headquarters for federal agencies and high-profile sections of the White House, including the Oval Office, Brady Press Briefing Room and East Wing.

Going back even further, the book "Real Life at the White House" describes large numbers of spiders appearing when the building was hosed down during Grover Cleveland's presidency in the late 1800s, and many different species of cockroaches, HuffPost noted.

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