Fruit Flies, Begone! What's Your Tried-and-True Way To Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

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With the arrival or impending arrival of all this wonderful summer fruit — peaches, plums, tomatoes, all of which should be stored at room temperature and not in the refrigerator — you may find yourself battling a little fruit fly problem. So, we want to know: do you have a tried-and-true method of a) preventing fruit flies from setting up camp in your kitchen in the first place, or b) getting rid of them when they do? 

The most common ways I've read about to trap and get rid of fruit flies are:

1. The funnel fruit fly trap.
2. A glass filled with cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap.
3. A mason jar with holes in the lid, filled with cheap beer.
4. An open wine bottle with about an inch of wine left at the bottom.
5. A bowl of really ripe fruit covered in holey plastic wrap.

I've had varying experiences with #1 and #2. There are times in the past I've done both of those things and had tremendous success catching fruit flies; other times I've done the exact same thing and caught nary a one.

Earlier this week I tried out #5 with a really ripe banana, and it definitely worked. I caught dozens of the little buggers. (The downside to this method, though, as I discovered when I used a glass container, is seeing a bunch of little flies crawling over a rotting piece of fruit. It's pretty gross.)

What methods have you used to get rid of fruit flies? Tell us your secrets and tips! Also, when summer produce is at its most bountiful, how do you help prevent an infestation in the first place?

(Image: Dana Velden)

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