We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help!
We have a relatively small back patio (maybe 10'x15-20'?) that is concrete. There is a storm drain next to our back door, but we have no idea if there is standing water in the drain. The most likely culprit for the mosquito/fly infestation is the abandoned house next door. We've had some problems with the OTHER neighbor throwing trash in the back yard
, and although we've tried to pull what we could from the tree, we don't have access to that yard. There's also an "empty" lot on the other side of the abandoned house with even more trash in it. We don't have access to that yard, either.
Short of burning the property to the ground, what can we do to get rid of these mosquitoes? We bought two of these
because every time we open our back yard, about ten flies/mosquitoes get into the house. They work great even during the day, but we can't enjoy our patio at all without getting eaten alive. We can't even take out the trash without getting bug bites. We try to keep our trash cans as far away from the house as we can, but that doesn't help much with the flies.
We've looked into bug zappers and bait traps, but they all say that they should be set up far away from any houses or buildings. Unfortunately, our patio is only 10' deep and surrounded on three sides by other houses. We do have an "alley" that is unused, though it is still against our house. Is it safe to put a "bait trap" down there? Do you have any recommendations?
Bonus question: Is there anything we can do to get the owner of the abandoned to clean up his yard, at least, maybe even the house? We're in Philadelphia, PA. We've already handled the situation with the other neighbor, and she hasn't thrown trash again. It does stink a little on really hot days and/or after it rains, so getting it cleaned up would benefit us on so many levels.
Is there anything else we can do? We miss making s'mores by the fire and having guests on the patio. Any insight or suggestions would help at this point. It's really annoying!