White House Work Orders reveal Pest Infestation

White House maintenance orders reveal cockroaches, ants and mice infestations

The White House may be elaborately decorated for the holidays this time of year, but work orders reveal the presidential mansion is also infested with mice, cockroaches and ants.

According to building maintenance files obtained by NBC Washington for the past two years, the White House staff found cockroaches in at least four different places in Donald Trump's official residence.

Not only this but there were at least four reported cockroach infestations and ants in the chief of staff's office.

Mice were also discovered to be living in the Situation Room - the US President's crisis management centre - and the White House Navy mess food service area.

White House officials made hundreds of requests for repairs, equipment and pest control in 2017, the paperwork reveals.

In January, there was a request to replace the toilet seat in the Oval Office and former press secretary Sean Spicer asked for new furniture and pictures hung in his office.

Water leaks were reported in multiple locations, including the ceiling of the legislative affairs office in the building's East Wing, and in the women's washroom near the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing.

"They are old buildings", Brian Miller, former inspector general for the US General Services Administration (GSA) which oversees maintenance work, told NBC Washington.

Trump reportedly complained to his golfing buddies after moving into the White House that it was 'a real dump'.

Mr Miller said the maintenance of the White House was an "enormous job", partly due to the historic value of the site.

The agency has its own office in the Eisenhower Executive Office building adjacent to the White House because there are so many requests for help. "Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work".

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