One Woman’s Heroic Journey to Save Her Child’s Life, and Yours
Shaken by the near death of her 4-year-old son, Tyson, when he suffered his first asthma attack, author Sue Fries journeys into understanding the breathing condition that affects tens of millions of Americans annually. Her research on asthma has yielded little-known causes and cures as well as tips for staying healthy. Also known as the Termite Lady, Fries is the Southern California–based owner of Ecola Services, an organic termite- and pest-control business, and is also a former director and chairwoman of the Pest Control Operators of California. She has a passion for educating the public on how to eliminate life-threatening allergens.
Kelli McKay talks to Sue about her new book ”LEARNING TO BREATHE: One Woman’s Heroic Journey to Save Her Son’s Life, and Yours”
It’s not every day you see a woman in the pest control industry, let alone one running a successful termite and pest control company approaching its 30th Anniversary. Unless you meet Susan Fries, owner of ECOLA Services, a pest and termite control company dedicated to alternative treatments.
Fries (pronounced “freeze”) purchased Ecola in 2000, making it her passion and purpose to offer effective, but gentle alternative termite and pest treatments. “People need to know they have a choice on what methods to use on/in their home. There are powerful, effective, and healthier alternative methods available. Ecola will individualize the best solution to fit their needs and lifestyle. That gives the customer the opportunity to view their options and decide whether or not to tent their property,” Fries states. The “Termite Lady,” as she is known in the industry is not afraid to even get down and dirty and show up at a job fully prepared to do the termite work herself.
Prior to entering the industry, Susan worked at Max Factor Cosmetics and in jewelry sales in Canada. She even appeared on the day time show Days of Our Lives; more than a dozen commer- cials, and won a car for dancing on American Bandstand.
Before her venture into pest control, Susan had wanted to impact her world in a big way. Susan saw that opportunity in alternative termite and pest control early on. She became an advocate for “green” treatments when confronted with the importance of sustaining an alternative approach to pest control due to family health issues. Her son, Tyson battled chronic asthma that sent him to the hospital numerous times as a direct result of chemicals used and allergies not known until he was tested.
Fries is proud of the fact that Ecola cares and is motivated in her vision for the future to continue setting the standard for other companies in her quest to protect people’s health, their investments and the environment. By personally using less and less chemicals through modern technology, Susan hopes to minimize the use of chemicals worldwide and truly help with informing people of their indoor air quality and how it affects their health.
She is also aware of the importance of the pest control industry. “There would be a lot more sickness and death in the world without the work of the pest control industry and the chemicals used. However, at the same time, less is more as we need to know our options and be smart about our living environment.”
Running a company with more than 50 employees that serve from San Luis Obispo to San Diego isn’t always easy. Especially as a woman owner in a male dominated industry. “Many companies have given alternative treatments a bad name. There are many imposters and chemicals that are not truly alternative.”
Susan takes pride in her accomplishments: recipient of the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, Best Green Exterminator from 2007-2012 by LA Magazine; 2010 Woman In Business award by Business Journal, and Business owner of the Year by the United Chamber of Commerce; and being featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels, KTLA News Channel and KCAL9, to name a few.
Yet, despite her successes, Susan knows that women and mothers face a lot of challenges in the working and corporate world and stresses the importance of being knowledgeable. “From my personal and business trials I’ve learned that you don’t know what you don’t know…and what you don’t know can hurt you. I’ve come to realize that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.” When not working hard to lead the way in alternative treatments, Susan has been hosting a syndicated radio show since 2010 on KKLA 99.5 FM dedicated to inspiring and encouraging people. (The show airs on Saturdays and additional information can be found at www.suefries.com).
Ms. Fries is an avid competitive dancer and took 5th place in the U.S. Open Swing Dance Competition. She recently had a horse riding accident that shattered her leg, yet miraculously she is not only walking but able to dance competitively again.
Sue is also writing a book on the importance of indoor air quality and hopes to have it published in February. The book is titled “Learning How to Breathe”. If you’d like to learn more about alternative treatments and the importance of indoor air quality, please be sure to visit www.ecolater-mite.com or suefries.com
Recently I had the privilege to speak at the 5th Annual Faith at Work Conference at Concordia University. I was humbled and honored to be used by God to share with and encourage believers on the topic of faith at the workplace. I’ve included a few wisdom snippets for your enjoyment. ~
Learn more about Ecola and its services in this informative interview with Sue Fries
American Bandstand 1978
Dick Clark, Sue Fries, Jon Rosenman
We won a car each for the best dancing couple of the year. We were in a 8 week contest that was voted on by viewers who sent in postcards for their favorite couple.
1. Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you’re filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don’t have temperature compensation at their pumps.
2. If a tanker truck is filling the station’s tank at the time you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car’s tank.
3. Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it’s warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating ‘roof’ membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation.)
4. If you look at the trigger you’ll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank so you’re getting less gas for your money. Hope this will help ease your ‘pain at the pump’
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This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
At other times this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on
& on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now ........my time is UP !
Oh....one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?