Georgia has three species of mole crickets. The northern mole cricket, Neocurtila hexadactyla, is native and of little economic importance. Two pest species -- the tawny mole cricket (Scapteriscus vicinus) and the southern mole cricket (Scapteriscus borellii) -- were introduced into the United States at the port of Brunswick, Georgia, in the ballasts of merchant ships from South America in the early 1900s. From the first introductions and others made at ports in the southern United States, mole crickets are now infesting sod throughout the southeastern coastal plain from Texas to North Carolina.
Source: University of Georgia