What’s the Best Way to Keep Fruit Flies out of the Kitchen?

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Q: I understand you need to store tomatoes on the kitchen counter, rather than in the fridge, but in Pennsylvania we get a ton of gnats and fruit flies, and they love to eat whatever is out. Do you have any suggestions on how I can protect my tomatoes?

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Editor: Fruit flies, which are just about as small as gnats, are terrible pests in the summer. You’re most likely to see them swarming around any produce that’s sitting out as it starts to ripen; they love to feed and reproduce on soft, decaying fruits and vegetables. Luckily there are a number of ways to avoid and prevent these small pests.

Readers, what are your best tips for preventing and getting rid of fruit flies?