ants in outdoor enclosure

tunachi

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Hi everyone! I have had my redfoots in an outdoor enclosure that I made for about 3 weeks. It is a raised enclosure (has 4 legs and is about a foot off the ground) because I knew I would have an issue with ants and thought that having it raised up could help. I treated the 4 legs with a pesticide and sprayed the surrounding area before putting my torts in the enclosure. This didn’t help, since now my enclosure is overrun with tiny black ants! They are not found in the enclosed hide, probably because there is no food there, but are running rampant in the rest of the planted enclosure. I clean it daily by removing uneaten food or any waste. How can I get rid of and deter these ants? So far they haven’t been on the tortoises or bothering them as far as I can tell but I’m sure they will start if I don’t get it under control. Please help!
 
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