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Have the neighbors recently done something to affect the drainage or has this been a problem for a long time?
Have you filed a complaint with any city agencies like the Health Dept or Code Enforcement regarding the mosquitos?
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I would suggest that you first contact the local Health Dept as they can come out with Code Enforcement or the Housing Inspector and inspect. If they find a public health risk, they can cite the owner and take him to court to cure the problem. They have a lot of power to force compliance with the local health codes and laws.
If they can't/won't help, then your recourse is to sue the owner for "private nuisance". A private nuisance is an interference with a person's enjoyment and use of his land. The law recognizes that landowners, or those in rightful possession of land, have the right to the unimpaired condition of the property and to reasonable comfort and convenience in its occupation.
So if the owner is not maintaining his property and allowing mosquitos and other vermin to breed, that is a nuisance and you can sue him in court to get the judge to issue an order for him to abate the nuisance or potentially be held in contempt of court and face up to 6 months in jail.