The White House is the oldest public building in the nation’s capital — and with that comes an age-old problem: pests.
A list of White House work orders obtained by NBC Washington reveals that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is overrun with vermin — including mice in the Situation Room and a mess hall, ants in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s office, and at least four reported cockroach infestations on the premises.
“They are old buildings,” former GSA Inspector General Brian Miller explained to NBC Washington. “Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work.”
The work orders, which all came from the past two years, included multiple requests for mouse traps and bug lights — including one for the office of top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway — and an order to exterminate “cockroaches in the dining room.”
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The infestations are nothing new.
Rodents and insects have plagued the White House for decades, The Huffington Post reported, noting that former President Jimmy Carter complained about a mouse problem in a 1977 diary entry.
“For two or three months now I’ve been telling them to get rid of the mice,” Carter wrote, according to MSNBC. “They still seem to be growing in numbers, and I am determined either to fire somebody or get the mice cleared out ― or both.”