White House Overrun with Pests

Reports of cockroaches, ants, and mice at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

December 5, 2017

Maintenance workers in the White House have had their hands full in the last year keeping mice, cockroaches, and ants at bay.

According to numerous maintenance work orders obtained by NBC Washington, mice took up residence in the White House’s food service area and in the Situation Room, The Washington Post reports. Cockroaches were found throughout the grounds as well as ants in the chief of staff’s office.

Authorities with the U.S. Public Buildings Service, which handled the work orders by hiring contractors and subcontractors, said such requests are typical for old buildings. The 55,000-square-foot White House was built from 1792-1800 and consists of more than 130 rooms.

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