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Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White House maintenance orders reveal cockroaches, ants and mice infestations

White House maintenance orders reveal cockroaches, ants and mice infestations

The vermin came to light when NBC News4 Washington obtained hundreds of work requests stretching back two years.

According to White House work orders over the past two years, the building has had "at least four" cockroach infestations and faces no shortage of dead mice, and there was a colony of ants living in Chief of Staff John Kelly's office.

Another work order was closed out by a staffer who reported resolving a problem with "ants in the window sill" of the Chief of Staff's office.

Hundreds of requests for repairs and pest control were reportedly made in 2017 by the White House officials to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Also requested: a new toilet seat for the Oval Office bathroom.

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.

Overall, there were a similar number of work orders submitted in 2017 under the Trump administration compared to 2016 under President Barack Obama, according to NBC.

The GSA receives its White House maintenance requests through an online database system shared by other federal agencies, including NASA and the US Department of Education.

A request was made to fix a door release button in the Situation Room while one was made for new curtains in the first lady's second-floor West Wing office.

That's a reference to the West Wing's Navy Mess, a wood-paneled restaurant in the White House basement that seats about 50 people on elegantly appointed tables with fresh flowers and official White House china.

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

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

As much as $100,000 a year is spent in maintenance costs.

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