I am looking for a mascot that we can use as our logo but also something that we can manipulate the position of the mascot for other marketing collateral. This also means that the winner of this contest will most likely become our full time marketing designer.
We want something that is clean in design but also memorable enough to gain business. After the design is created, we will be designing truck wraps and we want this character to very well know around the community.
Our business plan is to stay on the coasts as we expand. Starting on the North-East coast of Florida, we will expand to the SE and then onto the West coast. So Florida references are welcome but not necessary.
I'd like to character to have a 3D feel to him so I don't want any flat logos.
We think an ant will be the best character and easiest to animate but we are also open to suggestions.
Beach and pest control references are encouraged.
Our slogan will be "We send pests on a permanent vacation".
**** UPDATE (Apr 30th @ 11:58 ET)
I just went through recent designs in 99designs an compiled mascots that I like. I hope this helps with your inspiration.