White Home logs present downside with ants, mice and cockroaches

White Home logs present downside with ants, mice and cockroaches

COCKROACHES and mice are running wild in the corridors of the White House, a shock report reveals today.

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

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.

Other requests reported cockroach infestations in at least four parts of the White House, and a colony of ants living in chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE'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).

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.

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Vice-President Mike Pence required maintenance workers to refinish the legs of two "Martha Washington chairs" in front of his fireplace.

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.

Former GSA Inspector General Brian Miller said it is a complex and delicate job to fix and maintain the White House because of its age, where even wallpaper and paints must be protected and handled with care.

"They are old buildings", he added. "GSA is assigned to manage that job", former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, whose office formally monitored the agency's performance, told the network.

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

Miller said numerous requests must be handled carefully due to the White House's historic nature.