Catch fruit flies with this concoction: Flies have no place in the kitchen. But fruit flies, named for their attraction to the smells fermenting fruits and vegetables give off, can make their way in to your cooking space. Here is a way to get rid of them that doesn't utilize chemicals but rather things you probably already have in your pantry. Place a small bowl of vinegar on the counter — any kind will do, but white is best — then add a few drops of dish soap. The flies like the vinegar, so they'll be drawn toward the bowl; the sticky soap helps keep them there. Beware, though, that the smell of vinegar can be overpowering. To this day, I can't sniff apple cider vinegar without thinking of our pest problem a couple of years back. So make sure to place the bowl out of sight, or at least not directly in your line of scent.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor