The Washington Post Has a Cockroach Problem, and Journalists Are Getting Creative in Dealing With It (Video)

A view of the Washington Post building on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A view of the Washington Post building on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

As it turns out, the New York Times isn’t the only national media outlet dealing with an icky bug problem in their newsroom.

The Washingtonian reports that the Washington Post is dealing with one of their own (h/t: Twitchy):

“We have a growing pest problem,” Post director of newsroom operations Jillian S. Jarrett wrote in memo to newsroom employees August 14. “We’ve gotten several reports of cockroaches in the newsroom.” Lest you think this is a building-wide issue, Jarrett writes, “Facilities says that this is a newsroom problem and not happening on other floors.”

The Post‘s building sprays the premises regularly, the memo reads, “but we have to do more to keep the bugs at bay.” Among the anti-pest measures Jarrett recommends newsroom employees take: Make sure all food and dirty dishes are put away—and leave nothing “on or inside your desk,” Jarrett writes. Clean up after “cakings”—the Post term for someone’s leaving party—which means disposing of crumbs and leftovers properly, as well as cleaning up utensils. “There are Clorox wipes in the copy aide station,” Jarrett says. “We have on-call cleaning services, if you need a vacuum or mop, please let me know.”

The problem is apparently so bad that some journalists at the paper are having to come up with creative ways to combat them:

The Washingtonian didn’t provide photo or video evidence but Washington Post reporter Tracy Jan sent out some tweets earlier this month that included photos and video of Telford’s skills at cockroach removal:

On Monday after the story about the New York Times’ bedbug problem started circulating on social media, journalists from the Washington Post tweeted out that they were thankful their problems were confined to roaches:

There are oh so many metaphors that can be explored here. I’ll leave you to them. 😉

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