Mosquito Invasion


Why are invasive mosquitoes spreading and causing diseases?

  • Learn about heartworm and other diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Analyze data about an invasive species of mosquito whose range is expanding.
  • Explore how climate change can lead to the increase of mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Investigate what individuals and communities can do to control mosquitoes and prevent outbreaks of diseases that they carry.
Assembled kits
Materials to assemble 10 kits - includes all supplies, printed labels, and student instructions copy master.
Materials to refill 10 kits

Kit Includes

  • Sasha’s Blood Plasma (simulated)
  • Dirofilaria immitis Test Strip (simulated)
  • Distribution of Aedes albopictus Mosquitos map
  • Distribution of Veterinary Cases of Heartworm map
  • Asian Tiger Mosquitoes: Vectors for Diseases sheet

Also Required

  • Access to internet
  • Safety goggles
  • paper towels for clean-up

Quantity Discounts


  • 1 – 9 kits: $11.95 each
  • 10 – 24 kits: $11.35 each
  • 25+ kits: $10.76 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $83.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $79.75 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $17.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $17.05 each

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Shop by NGSS »

Performance Expectations:

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
HS-LS2-6. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

  • Science & Engineering Practices

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Use graphical displays (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, and/or tables) of large data sets to identify temporal and spatial relationships.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    Similarly, predatory interactions may reduce the number of organisms or eliminate whole populations of organisms. Mutually beneficial interactions, in contrast, may become so interdependent that each organism requires the other for survival. Although the species involved in these competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems, the patterns of interactions of organisms with their environments, both living and nonliving, are shared.

    LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
    A complex set of interactions within an ecosystem can keep its numbers and types of organisms relatively constant over long periods of time under stable conditions. If a modest biological or physical disturbance to an ecosystem occurs, it may return to its more or less original status (i.e., the ecosystem is resilient), as opposed to becoming a very different ecosystem. Extreme fluctuations in conditions or the size of any population, however, can challenge the functioning of ecosystems in terms of resources and habitat availability.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Stability and Change - Much of science deals with constructing explanations of how things change and how they remain stable.