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KKLA 2/28/15 – Maureen Schaffer

Posted on 28 February 2015 (0)

There are times in our lives that change us forever, and for Maureen in September 2012, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as adenoid cystic carcinoma, or ACC.  According to most medical doctors this rare cancer would only allow her five years to live, and since then Maureen has decided to live her life for Christ even more passionately than before, completely surrendering to Him and placing her life in His always capable hands.

Maureen shares her walk with God and how He has lead her “through the land of cancer” and touching the lives of others along the journey.


Posted on 01 December 2014 (0)

Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday

There is only ONE WEEK left until  



#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it helps us remember that the spirit of the holiday season should be about community and not just consumerism. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have#GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

As a non-profit organization, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles depends on the generosity of individuals, dedicated members, businesses, and foundations to offer vital programming and activities to the community. Our passion to create safe places to live, learn, and grow can only become a reality through the selfless act of giving. Please consider the YWCA Greater Los Angeles in your holiday giving.

 Click to learn more about #GivingTuesday on 12/2!


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Ecola Walks Us Through A Termite Inspection

Posted on 24 September 2014 (0)

The Home Pro Show

2014 Anaheim Home & Garden Show – coupon

Posted on 20 August 2014 (0)


95.9 FM The Fish – Women’s Night Out 2014

Posted on 09 May 2014 (0)
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Sue makes an appearance at 95.9 FM KKLA The Fish – Women’s Night Out March 21st 2014

SWANGO in Berlin

Posted on 28 April 2014 (0)
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The Home Pro Show

Posted on 22 April 2014 (0)
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The Home Pro Show

Sue Fries”The Termite Lady” helps us with Termite Infestation, Termite Damage, Alternative Termite Treatments. Get your FREE estimate today. Let Ecola be your 1st choice or 2nd opinion.

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Dancing With The Termite Lady

Posted on 11 March 2014 (0)
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Don’t let your dream home turn into a nightmare! Check out this commercial from Sue Fries a.k.a. “The Termite Lady” owner of Ecola Termite and Pest Control Management.
- song is called You Make My Day -

Louie Juarez & Susan Fries 1st Place

Posted on 02 January 2014 (0)

Learning To Breathe reviewed in American Way

Posted on 19 December 2013 (0)

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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.

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Sue Fries on KVTA Locals Only

Posted on 09 October 2013 (0)

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”

Business Times January 2013

Posted on 27 January 2013 (0)

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

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 or