using rue to repel them. I haven't been able to find rue in flower stores nor in upscale grocery stores around here. What else can I try to keep them away? I've heard of vinegar. Instead of dealing with the flies, should I re-evaluate my trash choices? Thanks, - syckklam Syckklam, we recently had an infestation too, after we brought a lot of farm-fresh produce in and left it on our countertops a little too long. They are very annoying! We have a couple thoughts for you. First of all, yes, you can also use vinegar to keep fruit flies away. Read our post all about fruit flies here: • Fruit Flies! What They Are and How To Get Rid of Them You can see our top tip on killing them here, courtesy of re-nest: • Fruit Fly Death Trap This is all natural, and involves a cone of paper and a dish of vinegar. There are some good alternative natural options in the comments on these posts as well. Another thought, stepping back, is perhaps you should both change your trash out more often, or consider getting an indoor composter. We have been using the Naturemill indoor composter for all our organic scraps. We don't have to change our trash bag very often because all the organic (and fruit-fly attracting!) scraps go straight into the composter. It seals tightly and doesn't attract fruit flies. • See a review at Unplggd: Re(al)view: Naturemill's Composter Of course, if you do throw meat or seafood scraps or packaging into your regular trash, be sure to take it out by the end of the day. That will not only attract insects but make your kitchen stink! Any more tips for syckklam? Related: Good Question: Earth Friendly Kitchen Trash Bags?