Rumor has it the White House is haunted. With every president save George Washington having spent their days strolling its corridors, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume one or two may have hung around for it a bit. So, when strange forces have been heard scratching inside of the walls and doors are reported to jam shut, it’s cause for speculation… is the White House possessed by the supernatural?
Well, maybe. President Harry S. Truman seemed to think so. But as for those creepy noises and door jams, spoiler alert: The White House is just really old.
Older homes and structures show their age over time, in structural cracks and shifts in their foundation. And those scratches in the walls? Those are mice, another issue typically found in older homes.
Pest Infestations in the White House
According to documents obtained by NBC Washington, multiple mice were spotted in the White House Situation Room and Navy mess food service area. Beyond rodents, it appears insects have found their way into the historic home as well. Roaches have been reported on the White House grounds a minimum of four times, and ants have been reported in the chief of staff’s office.
How is it such a historical landmark has fallen privy to pest infiltrations? That’s easy: wear and tear on the home over time have left multiple entry points for pesky pests to find their way in. Construction for the White House began on Oct. 13, 1792, and in 1800 its first residents, President John Adams and his wife Abigail, moved in. While the structure did undergo a massive reconstruction in 1814, after it burned down in the war of 1812, it still has over 200 years worth of foot traffic and weathering that have paved the way for opportunistic pests.
From the White House to Your House
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a case of paranormal activity, but rather pest activity, which is all too normal for older homes. If you’re living in an older home or structure, chances are you’ve experienced similar issues. Mice only need an opening about a ¼ of an inch in size to squeeze through, and older homes offer a plethora of entry points.
Over time, older structures settle into their foundation. For this reason, older structures are prone to cracks, either in walls, ceilings, or even baseboards. Gaps under doors or between baseboards provide entry for pests of all kinds, including mice, cockroaches, ants, termites, and more.
If you’ve been experiencing similar problems, chances are Abraham Lincoln isn’t lurking in your linen closet. Instead, you may want to examine your home for traces of pest activity such as rodent droppings, nesting material or gnaw marks. To air on the side of caution, seal off potential entry points for pests. Use steel wool or diamond mesh to plug small holes and vents, and caulk cracks and spaces between baseboards.
Likewise, invest in a preventive program, such as the Insectek 365 Pest Prevention Program. With this plan, you can choose from monthly-care, bi-monthly care, or quarterly-care, and a pest control specialist will visit your home to perform routine maintenance such as treating around the perimeter of the structure for preventative measure. The same advice goes for the White House: treat the problem at its source, and stay on guard to prevent pests from returning.
Are Pests Haunting Your Old Home?
If you live in an older home or structure and are worried about pest activity, reach out to the experts at Insectek. We proudly serve the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert areas, and ethically and efficiently remove pests such as mice, rats, termites, roaches, scorpions, and more. Older homes have the potential to be just a secure against pest infestations as new constructions. Let Insectek help with that. To learn more, visit our website at https://www.insectekpest.com/.