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As your produce ripens and begins to rot, fruit flies are attracted to it and lay up to 500 eggs on the surface of the food. When the eggs hatch and become larvae, they are officially an infestation and continue to feed on the fermenting food. The entire egg-to-adult-fly life cycle takes only a week, so your home can seemingly be pest-free one day and infested the next.

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DEAR ANNIE: My letter about how to deal with my wife about getting a second dog made it in your column. I never in my wildest dreams ever thou…

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Avoid plastic produce bags by keeping a few lightweight mesh bags — often sold as "multi-use straining bags" — in your purse when you head to the grocery store, Tyrell says.

DEAR READERS: Fruits, vegetables and summertime? A perfect mix. Here are some great reasons to eat more fruits and veggies now, and all year long:

It may be more of a moral question, but with many supermarkets now offering self-checkout at the register, be sure to always weigh and mark wh…

When you’re not sure what to do with produce in the fridge, instead of letting it go bad, consider juicing. You can run fruits and veggies lik…

DEAR HELOISE: I need a way to clean fruits and vegetables. Most fruit and veggie cleaners are rather pricey for the amount you get. — James K.…

If your backyard garden has a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables this season, don’t let them go to waste. The nonprofit Ample Harvest can he…

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the most common item in landfills is discarded food, most of it perfectly edible. Because of…

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